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Posted Nov 10, 2012 19:53 UTC (Sat) by BradReed (subscriber, #5917)
Posted Nov 10, 2012 20:51 UTC (Sat) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
A similar approach is something I advocate all Linux distributions to do. Linux distributions should NOT be packaging anything except a common base system. They should be redistribution packages made by the upstream authors.
Posted Nov 11, 2012 18:25 UTC (Sun) by vonbrand (subscriber, #4458)
That is just insanity. What $RANDOM_DISTRIBUTION provides is packaging lots of stuff and make it compatible and work well together (and get it installed in one uniform way from a fixed, dependable location). If you want your minimalistic distribution, go start it (or just use Linux from Scratch).
(Back in my Slackware and early Red Hat days, I just installed lots of random stuff from source myself. I learned the hard way that such has to be kept to a minimum if you treasure your sanity at all. Today I install non-standard stuff into $HOME, if it really helps in scratching an irritating itch or I'm actively following some development.)
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