The reason why '''gentoo binaries''' are very large is due to gcc
optimization flags. Most people use -O3 resulting in heavy binaries.
Firefox (compiled with -O3 -march=pentium4) usually opens much slower
then. But now when I installed gentoo with -mcpu=i686, -O2, mozilla
is much faster in every aspect than firefox. Still to complie
firefox. Hope that would be much more faster. So, gentoo users!
unless you have enough RAM don't use optimization options like -O3. I
even don't use -O2, but -Os.
Well, I think this clears Raman's doubt about large binaries in gentoo.
Sridhar - http://www.cs.annauniv.edu/~rsridhar