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Re: Fwd: Gentoo GNU/Hurd thread in Gentoo Forums

From: Arne Babenhauserheide
Subject: Re: Fwd: Gentoo GNU/Hurd thread in Gentoo Forums
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2008 23:35:04 +0100
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Am Mittwoch 05 November 2008 21:38:09 schrieb Sergiu Ivanov:
> Could you please tell me what Gentoo GNU/Hurd is exactly? Is it
> something similar to Debian GNU/Hurd, with the difference that it will
> have portage, while Debian GNU/Hurd has apt?

Gentoo GNU/Hurd was/is a try at creating a Hurd System which uses the Gentoo 
package manager (portage) instead of Debian. 

Gentoo is source-based and extremely configurable (and it's the system I've 
been using for almost 5 years, now). 

> Sorry if the questions look senseless, I'm just trying to figure out
> what could be the goal of developing Gentoo GNU/Hurd.

Gentoo folks tend to like dabbling with the more complex stuff - mainly the 
current purpose is tinkering, I think, but on the long run Gentoo offers the 
advantage of a very easy to maintain package repository built around 
"ebuilds", which are a kind of meta-build-scripts which contain dependencies, 
build instructions and similar. 

And since ebuilds are very easy to maintain, it's far easier to keep a system 
current with them. 

Generally: If someone from the Gentoo community does a Gentoo GNU/Hurd, that's 
great (new contributors), but if someone would ask "should I develop a Gentoo 
GNU/Hurd or hack the Hurd itself", I'd currently say "hacking the Hurd seems 
to be priority at the moment to get the reference (debian) distribution usable 
for general desktop usage". 

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