Re: [dev] [9buntu] first attempt -bashing needed

From: Ethan Grammatikidis <>
Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2010 07:17:41 +0100

On 31 Jul 2010, at 5:16, Ethan Grammatikidis wrote:

> On 31 Jul 2010, at 3:54, Kris Maglione wrote:
>> On Sat, Jul 31, 2010 at 03:35:46AM +0100, Ethan Grammatikidis wrote:
>>> On the subject of distros I would like to promote Source Mage as a
>>> class above Gentoo and Arch, although it's really not the right
>>> distro for this topic. I think of it as a class above the purely
>>> rolling update distros because the Source Mage folk found a way to
>>> produce a fairly reliable stable version with frequent releases
>>> despite having a small team. It's certainly not in the same class
>>> as Slackware for reliability, but fixing packages in Source Mage
>>> is probably easier than in most distros.
>> The only reason I won't use Source Mage is that it doesn't do
>> binary packages. I used BSD for a lot of years, and tended to build
>> from source for a lot of those years, even on slow machines. But I
>> eventually started using pkg_add -R, and now I'm just not willing
>> to build my entire system from source anymore. It's certainly nice
>> to have a package system that makes building from source easy (I
>> still do it often enough), but it's frankly insane for it to be the
>> only option.
> Aye, they have finally started on a binary 'grimoire', after years
> of "it would be nice." :) I don't know how much is in it, certainly
> firefox, almost certainly gcc since people need a binary gcc to fix
> their system more often than any other package. Last I checked I
> thought the binary grimoire was growing rapidly but I don't remember
> how big it was.

My bad, the 'rapid growth' was confined to the summer of last year
with none at all this year. Now they seem to have a policy of only
packaging binaries where upstream supply them, basically confining
their binary stuff to heavyweight GUI apps and a few Java oddities.
And there I was so hopeful, lol.
Received on Sat Jul 31 2010 - 08:17:41 CEST

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