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Re: A GNU Distribution

From: Aurélien
Subject: Re: A GNU Distribution
Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 06:21:46 +0200
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Christophe Poncy <address@hidden> writes:

>> We want the source and binary to be closely associated,
>> but whether they form one downloadable package or two
>> seems like an implementation detail.  Since many people
>> would rather get only the binary, I think it is more convenient
>> if they are two downloadable packages rather than one.
>> [...]
>> To require everyone installing the system build it from source
>> would be inconvenient, and I see no benefit from it.
>> For packages, we separate building from installation.
>> We should do this for the whole system as well.
>> It would be good to be able to built binaries for the entire system
>> with `./configure; make', but installation would be a separate step.
> With a source-based distribution, each software is tied in one single
> package, I mean the source, that you can customize according to your
> needs with the USE flags (I am thinking about portage, a package
> management system)
> This approach seems more elegant and more powerful to me than binary
> distributions in which you have to deal with several package for the
> same software (emacs witout X, Emacs with X, Emacs with gtk+ for
> exemple)
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That sort of things already exist Archlinux and have it's free side
Parabola ... on first boot you've got a $ and then with pacman (the
package manager) you install your wish from Emacs out of X to the rest.

With the pkgbuilds, you design your own packages as you wish.

Well /me stop to speak on that subject before beeing tax of commercials

But the fact is that wikipedia which are not very cool have accept to list
Parabola here ::

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