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Old 06-06-2004, 11:07 AM   #1
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Source or binary?

To my understanding, things installed from source have better performance than things installed from binary. Correct?

Is Slackware's packages source or binary?

Just wondering.
Old 06-06-2004, 11:19 AM   #2
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Slackware *.tgz packages are binary packages. Most distros you'll find have binary packages. But, with Slackware, you end up installing most everything from source, as there aren't many binary packages available for Slack.

Packages compiled from source can provide you improved performance benefits if you know how to specify compilation flags to optimize the software. But a lot of times, if you just do the ./configure && make && make install bit, then you might not appreciate much of a performance gain.
Old 06-06-2004, 03:01 PM   #3
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Okay. I don't know much about compilation flags yet, do you know of any good how-tos for that purpose?

What about Gentoo? It uses source packages, doesn't it?


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