[ILUG] Suggestions for best 64 bit Linux distro?
colm at tuatha.org
Thu Jun 23 10:02:41 IST 2005
My, Gentoo users are defensive, aren't they? I can understand people
wanting to defend the decisions they've made, and to promote the
systems they're familiar with, but some of the responses here have
been frankly startling. You weren't Amiga owners in a former life,
were you? Hint : what works for you might not be a generally-good
My opinion - that source-based distributions are an utter and
ludicrous waste of time - remains unchanged; I fail to see any
significant benefits gained from compiling locally as opposed to
centrally. Certainly I don't believe the vaunted "10% performance
increase", and even modest gains in runtime performance would be more
than offset by the time spent compiling. CPU cycles aren't free.
What if someone has 100 servers to maintain? What about 10,000?
Portage is often cited as a Gentoo advantage, but every argument I've
seen in its favour has been more than adequately answered by apt as
implemented in the current Debian and Ubuntu systems. On Debian/
Ubuntu, I can have a new package installed, configured and running in
*seconds* - for example, when securing Morrigan (the new ILUG
server), I needed nmap to test what was visible on localhost versus
on the public IP interface. NMap wasn't installed by default, so the
one-line command "apt-get install nmap" had it downloaded and running
in less than ten seconds. Packages which require configuration
generally have sensible defaults installed, and a simple set of
configuration options for the common cases. Why should I switch to
My advice : spend some time using Ubuntu, and experience what a
*really* easy-to-install and easy-to-maintain distribution looks like.
Colm Buckley / colm at tuatha.org / +353 87 2469146
PS : one-line responses such as "whatever" or "yawn" do not reflect
well on people who are simultaneously trying to paint Gentoo
detractors as "lamers".
More information about the ILUG