How to clean up apt-get
nick at byu.edu
Mon Sep 19 10:55:26 MDT 2005
On Saturday 17 September 2005 09:54 am, Tyler Strickland wrote:
> Admittedly, Gentoo has intrigued me over the years, but the thought of
> the time involved with compiling everything from source has thus far
> deterred me.
I've found this to be less and less of an issue for me. Sure, I have to wait
a day to do an update to kde, but that's only what, every 6 months?
I installed gentoo on a new firewall (an old P2 350 w/192MB) in less than a
day. It only took about 30min of my actual time, then just let it run--about
the same as a binary distro that makes you wait while it unpacks a gig of
packages--except I can work on the final setup while it's compiling things.
One thing that I've found very useful, is that the install can be done on a
working, production system, remotely, w/o interfering with it--since it's all
done in a chroot environment.
Granted, a full desktop environment with X and a heavy-weight desktop will
cost more time to initially install. But, upgrades are as simple as 'emerge
--update world' and letting it run overnight or in the background. I've
found that for me, a little longer wait is a far better experience than
getting it 'right now', especially when 'right now' involves *me* having to
resolve dependency issues manually.
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