One of the things that people like about Gentoo is that it is
customizable. You can select the packages you want, in the versions you
prefer, compile them with the options you select, and finally arrive at a
system that is just the way you like it. What people don't like is that
process is time-consuming and it can be difficult to duplicate the process
for a number of machines. The comments attached to this article
show exactly what LWN readers
like and dislike about Gentoo.
The initial announcement for the Gentoo
Seeds project came out this week, aimed at taking some of the pain out of
Gentoo installs. Gentoo does offer staged installation. A stage 3 install
provides pre-compiled packages for a basic installation fairly quickly.
The Seeds project just takes that concept a step further.
The Gentoo Seeds
Project is "currently exploring ways to quickly 'seed'
fully-working copies of Gentoo onto boxes." That includes basic
system configuration. Seeds are built using existing Gentoo tools such as
catalyst, overlays, layman and custom profiles, so that each seed will
provide a well-documented way of installing multiple servers with a similar
setup. Different seeds will provide different setups.
The project is still quite young and the first seed under construction is a
basic Gentoo LAMP Server edition. Hopefully this will become just one seed
of many that people can choose to more easily install the same Gentoo
system on multiple boxes.
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