Rock Linux 2.0 released
Posted Mar 11, 2004 11:42 UTC (Thu) by crankysysadmin
In reply to: Rock Linux 2.0 released
Parent article: Rock Linux 2.0 released
Pardon my ignorance, but how does Rock Linux:
1) differ from Gentoo?
2) prevent you from having to package things?
Regardless of how flexible Rock is, the moment it creates its own packaging system it is going to receive flak from the community (rightly or wrongly), and in that sense the package format discussion is not beside the point. In my humble opinion, the proliferation of Linux distros (and meta-distros and what have you: sorry, but Gentoo and Rock seem to me not essentially different from a regular old distro: you have your own sources, you have your own build process, etc.) is good in the short term, but eventually survival of the fittest is going to need to come into play.
That SuSE and RedHat are currently "fittest" is solely a question of marketing "user-friendliness", but IMHO at the expense of reliability & simplicity (try messing with SuSE init scripts sometime! YAST --> SuSEConfig --> chkconfig --> insserv). I love Debian above all but it's not super-user-friendly. Gentoo is only interesting for people with fast machines IMHO (unless you have three weeks for every upgrade of glibc and binutils).
So I'm all for continued proliferation of distros. But perhaps someone could adapt a package system like apt to regard the distro as a dependency, and then we could keep the same package system instead of creating a new one for each new distro.
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