Fwd: UUG Installfest Announcement
shane at hathawaymix.org
Fri Sep 9 14:48:24 MDT 2005
Michael Halcrow wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 08, 2005 at 10:49:43PM -0600, Shane Hathaway wrote:
>>Gentoo is also for people like me who want all the latest stuff to
>>work well together. In my experience, most of the problems with
>>binary packages are due to subtle library incompatibilities. Gentoo
>>seems to eliminate that whole class of bugs. Thus Gentoo actually
>>saves me the time I used to spend chasing down library mismatches.
> I've been running Debian for years (including testing branches), and I
> don't recall the last time I had a library mismatch. If you want a
> good mix of binary packages that are fairly well tested together, that
> are fairly recent, and that get fairly up-to-date security fixes, give
> Ubuntu a whirl.
That's just what I did. In fact, I just bought a computer for my
brother and installed Ubuntu on it. He has been quite happy with it.
However, I had trouble using Ubuntu for my own work because many of the
packages I use often are community-provided packages in various states
of maintenance. I longed for Gentoo, where even ebuilds that haven't
been updated in a long time still work well.
> And don't get stupid with your package management. Do esoteric hacks
> only if you know how to use the package manager right, and you won't
> ever see a mismatched shared library.
This applies as long as you only use core packages. Even Ubuntu warns
users when they venture out of the collection of core packages.
Actually, I might be a misfit in the Gentoo community. I have an AMD 64
box, but I compile for x86 rather than amd64, so I give up a little
speed for stability.
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