Colm Buckley wrote:
> 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.
Urm... There's no need to compile anything under Slack - it has a
competent binary package management system with a decent library of
tools. I can't say I've customised or tweaked anything - beyond the
usual desktop stuff, that is.
What really distinguishes Slack from other distros is a lack of GUI
tools for configuration and no native dependency resolution (although
there are third-party tools which can do this), so I'll agree that for
finding out a little more about what comprises a GNU/Linux install it's
pretty good but there are no real opportunities for flag burning which
don't exist on other distros.
But then, if I was using a distro purely to learn about what makes up a
system I'd install Linux From Scratch... and only once because compiling
large amounts of code gives me a pain in my eyeball.
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