Alternatives to Fedora Core, was: [RULE] APT, YUM...

M. Fioretti mfioretti
Thu Jul 29 23:39:12 EEST 2004

On Thu, Jul 29, 2004 00:55:41 AM -0400, Da Worm  daworm at 

> The biggest advantage of Gentoo is that you can optimize for your
> system, and can include only the components you want.

One problem I find in many other distros, starting from RH/Fedora, is
what does "component" mean? If the whole KDE is "one" component, for
example, then it wouldn't include "only" the components we want. Can
you say in Gentoo "install only konqueror, kmail and koffice"? (same
for Gnome of course)

> The biggest disadvantage is the space it requires to hold the
> sources and final binaries

Yes, this can be a real showstopper: If you have to have CPU power and
lots of space to upgrade, you can't keep current a single box.

> Another problem is time... I did it to see if it could be done.
> Well, yeah, it can, but why?
Exactly what I feared

> One possibility is to use Gentoo to build several "mini-distros".
> The problem is that it would require several of them to cover a
> large percentage of potential users.

Maybe this wouldn't be a problem. What happened with the vum:BOX is
that we provided only the installer and the *base* system (a working
demo, if you will), and then *they* built their "mini-distro". RULE
didn't dictate to them what include, they did it for their own
installs. This can, and should, remain possible. Whatever distro is

> I wish I had answers that would satisfy all potential users, but the
> best I can come up with requires someone, somewhere, to have at
> least one "big box" to do the grunt work for each and every install.
> Practical in some circles, but not in most, I'm afraid.  The end
> result is wonderful, but too many people can't even start.

Yes, I had the same impression.


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