[ale] Gentoo vs. RedHat

Calvin Harrigan charriglists at bellsouth.net
Sun Feb 29 15:12:34 EST 2004

On Sunday 29 February 2004 02:55 pm, Geoffrey wrote:
> Mike Millson wrote:
> > I'm considering giving Gentoo a try for a box that will act as a router
> > and run dhcp, squid, and portsentry. But I'm wondering, how fast are bug
> > fixes available compared to when RedHat fixes are available via up2date.
> > Also, it sounds like whenever Gentoo installs an update, it has to
> > compile in the background. Is the Gentoo update process so resource
> > intensive that it could bog down a production box until the update is
> > finished? Or is it no worse than downloading files using up2date?
> > Anything I should be wary of using Gentoo on a production system router?
> If you're building a box that is going to have such finite
> responsibilities, you really want to build just what you need into it.
> The larger distros (RH, SuSE, Debian) are probably not good choices for
> such efforts.  Gentoo, on the other hand will require full development
> env., I suspect, and that's not necessary for this solution either.
> Three choices I'd look into: roll your own, slackware, then gentoo.

Come to think of it, isn't there a way to remotely build gentoo?  I think you 
can build on a powerfull box then deploy to a smaller less capable box.
I'll look it up...


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