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Re: Linux system to use pkgsrc?

On Dec 25, 2010, at 05:30, wrote:

See Linux From Scratch[1] if you have enough spare time.



This is may be a good idea for people who want to learn how things work together (kernel, libc, libraries, programs), but I wouldn't use it on a production system personally. For most people the pre-compiled packages are a lot more convenient most of the time, especially if you already know how things function and just want to get on with "real" work. Compiling from scratch (especially with manual dependency handling) gets old quickly.

If the OP wants to build a mental model of how things work this would be a good place to start, and then perhaps move onto Arch. One could perhaps just use a 'normal' distribution like Ubuntu or Fedora for day- to-day stuff, and do experimenting in a VM as time allows. (VirtualBox is supposedly pretty good if you don't want to shell out cash for VMware of Parallels.)

The BSDs (and pkgsrc?) are a bit between pre-compiled packages (RPMs, debs, etc.) and all-from-scratch.

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