Posted Jan 31, 2011 13:04 UTC (Mon) by alex
In reply to: Maciel: Because your distro should be cool
Parent article: Maciel: Because your distro should be cool
"Where Gentoo package choice is way ahead of other distros though, is in how easy it is to cherry-pick"
Indeed this is the main reason I use it at home. As a developer it's very easy to import a random package which does the normal configure/make/make install cycle. It's also generally easy to version bump stuff up in your own overlay if the main portage tree hasn't caught up. The flexibility of Gentoo is it's main selling point.
Arguments about repository size are irrelevant next to the flexibility that provides. In fact number of installable packages is probably a poor metric for any distribution - a lot of distros carry some very esoteric packages that are useful to a handful of people but certainly not used by the majority of the distros users.
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