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Wed Feb 1 18:36:58 PST 2006
On 2/1/06, Alan <kplug at thebucks.net> wrote:
> Wasn't that sort of the point of Gentoo? Everything compiled from scratch?
Compiling from scratch is one of the points of Gentoo, yes. And you
don't have to give that up. This is only the installation phase. As
it goes now, you install Gentoo using general binaries, and get all
the base pieces of the distro in place. You're then left with a
barebones system. Portage, GCC, kernel, gnu-utils, cron if you want
it, logger, and so on. Then you're free to do whatever you want to
it, including installing more software (X!), and including
re-installing (and thus compiling from source) the base software.
You've always been able to recompile every piece of the distro
whenever you want, if you have some need or hankering to. That's why
a lot of people go with Gentoo. So the Gentoo devs have decided to
just cut out the install part of it and leave everyone with a single
officially supported "stage 3" install. Just get it on the disk, then
you can do whatever you want.
So, there's no loss here.
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