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AW: Re: Linux system to use pkgsrc?
> for most people the pre-compiled
This might be correct as not.
I.e. the Gentoo distribution would be mainly used from source but could be used
with binary packages as well - is mainly spread in productive environments up
Same thing happens with *BSDishs where many users build from source within
productive environments. There are users which build everything from soure on
any install, maintain their own distribution or does install only from binary.
The nice thing is that you can decide without lack of quality and
There are several very good reasons why a source build installation / system
are to prefer over binary distris in many - as many different - cases of
applications (but yes, not everytime).
I.e. if you use binaries you have to be happy with that what the distributor
means to be "the best" for the mainline of users and hardware and provides
maximum functionality at the cost of larger (and potentially more insecure)
binaries. As long as you are "the mainline user", want to save the compile time
and you are able to spend parts of your hardware ressources to unnecessary
overheads on different levels binaries might be the right choice.
Think of the hassle with backports, third party modified packages and all the
arch trunks etc.
LFS is nice to learn or if in few cases where you have really good reasons to
build your sys from scratch.
BSDs (with ports etc.), pkgsrc and Linux wie i.e. portage, pkgsrc gives you the
flexibility of choice between source and binary system management suitable to a
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