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Last Review by weibullguy - posted: 07-03-2008 10:54 PM [ Post a Review

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I use Cross Linux from Scratch (CLFS) on my ix86 and x86_64 machines in a cluster of six machines.  I also use it on an old G4 PowerPC machine.  It is easy, if somewhat time consuming, to install.  The book provides instructions for a multilib x86_64 build.  It is one of the most standards compliant x86_64 distributions I've come across.  Switching between the 32-bit and 64-bit tool chain is as simple as using the -m32 or -m64 switch.  I've tried other multilib x86_64 distros that provide a 32-bit tool chain AND a 64-bit tool chain rather than one multilib tool chain like CLFS.  Keeping architecture specific configuration files (e.g.,mysql_config) separate is done by appending a -32 or -64 to the file name.  CLFS provides the multiarch_wrapper program.  This is a small C application that reads the USE_ARCH environment variable which is set to either 32 or 64, and selects the correct file to use.  This is the only wrapper program required.  32-bit applications run like Firefox don't require wrappers to use 32-bit plugins.  Just build the 32-bit version of Firefox and install the plugins just as you would on an ix86 platform.  Instructions for over 1000 packages can be found at the CBLFS Wiki (  There is also a CLFS Hints Wiki (  Boot time is acceptable.  One of my machines ( boots to run level 3 in under 25 seconds.

Rating: 10
Product Details: "1.0.0" by weibullguy - posted: 06-26-2008 - Rating: ********** 10.00

Last Review by Arow - posted: 07-10-2006 09:55 AM [ Post a Review

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Debian offers many thousands of packages from the default repositories. I still had to add a couple of additional repositories to get all of the packages that I wanted. In my mind that is the only negative about Debian, it is "too" stable sometimes. Of course, I haven't found a Linux distro yet that is really unstable. Stability is one reason I chose Debian because I didn't feel that I needed to be cutting edge for the things I do with the computer. Unfortunately, not every FOSS project out there has the same philosophy as the Debian team regarding stability. I found myself having to install from source more than I wanted to be able to take advantage of some of the latest releases of the software I was using. I also had an older machine when I became a Linux revolutionary. Debian worked fine on the older machine, but when I built a new box, Debian wasn't taking advantage of the hardware features available. This was the case with Etch as well. On the other hand, Debian is easy to install. My 12-year old installed Debian 3.0 and only asked me one question. The only thing he asked was whether the URL for one of the Debain mirrors was Michigan State. Not a show-stopper; he could've picked any mirror and installed successfully. I also like apt-get and the GUI Synaptic. In my experience, apt-get does do a better job of resolving dependencies than rpm. Both are easy to use also. Once again, my 12-year old installs, removes, and updates packages all the time and hasn't busted a thing. Overall Debian is an outstanding distribution. I certainly respect the Debian team's philosophy regarding stability. However, seriously assess your computing needs, you might find like I did that you're more cutting edge than you think.

Rating: 9
Product Details: "Debian 3.1 r0" by ianaré - posted: 06-12-2005 - Rating: ******** 7.97


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