Scripting language dependency
Posted Aug 5, 2004 15:25 UTC (Thu) by heinlein
Parent article: A look at Gentoo 2004.2
I've been running Gentoo on my SPARC mail server since last
October. That little Sun Blade has run a number of operating
systems -- Solaris 8, Solaris 9, OpenBSD, and Debian
Linux -- but Gentoo is the only one of the bunch with which
I've felt really comfortable.
So now I've got Debian, Fedora Core, and Gentoo on my systems
at home. To me, one startling fact is that they're all fairly
dependent on a scripting language other than the POSIX shell
environment for package management and, to some extent, system
administration. Gentoo and Fedora both rely heavily on Python,
while Debian needs Perl.
I don't necessarily think that's a bad thing, but it's an
interesting admission that systems management is increasingly
too complex for POSIX toolsets.
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