reply and question about BSD interest in BR area was Re: [brlug-general] gentoo portage; and laptops
scotth at scottharney.com
Tue May 28 08:58:51 CDT 2002
On Sat, May 25, 2002 at 07:48:32AM -0700, John Hebert wrote:
> Portage is great. It is based on the BSD ports tree
> concept, which means you have a directory tree of
> software categories (net, games, security, etc...)
> with apps in each category to install, minus the
> source code. You browse the dirs, find what you want,
> then 'emerge desiredappname'. Portage looks at the
> build script for the app, downloads the source code
> from the authoritative source, then compiles it.
> Don't let the BSD associations scare you. *BSD are
> actually _really_ nice little OSs that emphasizes
> adherence to standards (POSIX, etc.), correctness,
> stability and security.
I use both FreeBSD and OpenBSD myself in addition to Debian and Gentoo
linux. (and Solaris, heh).o
> Now that I think about it, how many people on this
> mailing list have an interest in *BSD?
> > Secondly, I got a hankerin for a spendin alot of
> > money, and I want a laptop. So I was looking at
> > alienware's new laptop.
> MMMMmmmmm..... nice.
> > They'll leave as much unpartitioned space as I
> > want, although they won't give me a completely blank
> > slate. Anyone see any problems puttin linux on one
> > of these babies?
> Nope. The newer Linux kernels and distros will work
> great. I've used RedHat 7.1 and 7.2 on my Sony Vaio
> with few problems, and now I'm using Gentoo on it.
> > I personally wouldn't think so,
> > but I've never owned a laptop and don't know about
> > the trials and tribulations that go with gettin
> > linux to work on one.
> It Linux boots on it, you should have no problems. Ask
> Alienware about Linux compatibility.
> Good luck!
> John Hebert
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