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Old 08-23-2003, 09:07 PM   #1
BigDawg
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Question What is a source distro?


Well, I'll go ahead and admit that I'm a n00b.
So, here's my question:

What does it mean when a distro is a source distro? My question is focusing on the Gentoo distro, which I have heard good things about.

Thanks to all who help me out!
 
Old 08-23-2003, 09:47 PM   #2
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Its compiled by source rather than RPM or any other means. Like Slackware, is a source based Distribution.
 
Old 08-23-2003, 09:53 PM   #3
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So, trickykid, you mean that when I install the distro, it will be compiled then, on the spot?
 
Old 08-23-2003, 09:55 PM   #4
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Thats the general Idea. It's meant to make the Distro more suited to your machine.

I've done it I didn't notice much diffrence Other people swear by it, I can't be bothered with the wait myself
 
Old 08-23-2003, 09:57 PM   #5
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Its compiled by source rather than RPM or any other means. Like Slackware, is a source based Distribution.
Is Slackware really a good example?
I would take it to mean a distribution that is compiled during install like the old Sourcerer distro. By default Slackware will install precompiled Slack packages.
 
Old 08-23-2003, 09:59 PM   #6
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Ahhh... now I see. Thanks for the responses!

And one more question: what do you guys think about Gentoo 1.4?
 
Old 08-23-2003, 10:06 PM   #7
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Thats a question thats really tricky to answer.

Everyone usually swears by the current Distro (Debian being the best of course ) Gentoo's Okay I guess. Used it for a few weeks but nothing special.

For a more rounded approach try http://www.distrowatch.com/

Can you guess I'm Biased?
 
  


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