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  • Mostly due to your posting and subsequent investigation, I installed Gentoo on one of my machines at work yesterday. It looks very promising, although the move from RPMs is made a little more difficult by the lack of instant gratification. But I can accept that since most of the items that take a while to upgrade don't get upgraded very often.

    Also, I think interactive Makefile.PL routines are only necessary when you need the user to specify some information for testing: a DSN, username and password for a

    • The lack of instant gratification becomes less of a problem the longer you use Gentoo. You gain so much from the process that the drawbacks are small by comparison

      I have never been a fan of RPMs, I usually installed a barebones redhat and compiled my own apache, etc.

      The real key to Gentoo, for me, came when 1.2 was released. I had installed 1.1a. I immediately thought "Whoops, need to upgrade", until people on the gentoo forums pointed out the folly in that assumption. Like the BSDs, you upgrade gentoo

      • That fact, above all else, it what has sold me on Gentoo, lock stock and barrel. An OS that is always as current as you want. Makes redhat look sort of silly.

        Heh. I have been using FreeBSD on servers and some workstations for similar reasons (among others) from early 1999 to earlier this year.

        Yup, I have gone full circle and I am turning back to RedHat. The ports system breaks complicated upgrades far too often. No fun at all.

        With more than a few boxes it becomes unmanageble too.

        How I am using RedHat and using the RedHat network to keep the boxes updated. It's great. It rocks. It's easy. It works. It's stable.

        Of course; we have our own perl build and apache builds (all in /home/perl and rsynced to the boxes that needs it); but for everything else we use RedHat rpms.

          - ask

        -- ask bjoern hansen [], !try; do();