On 29 Jun 2005, at 10:55, Kevin Philp wrote:
> I use Gentoo at home. Not so I can get an extra 5% on my
> performance but because I enjoy the learning process.
This is a very good point. Because of the effort which can be put
into customisation and tweaking, Gentoo (and Slackware) are good
distributions for learning about the effects of compiler options, and
for learning some of what goes on under the hood. For exactly the
same reasons, they're bad distributions for production systems, where
stability and maintainability are at a higher premium - or where CPU
cycles are not available to be spent compiling new versions.
Note that there's a disctinction between actually tweaking things and
observing the results (learning) and "watching stuff scroll by for
hours makes you an expert".
They might not also be suitable for people who already know how
compilers work, how distributions are put together, how packaging
systems should work, or for people who want to rapidly deploy
hundreds or thousands of systems.
Colm Buckley / colm at tuatha.org / +353 87 2469146
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