--- Prabhu Ramachandran <prabhu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
"SR" == Sridhar R <Sridhar> writes:
SR> Prabhu Ramachandran said:
>> Hmm, so you are damned if you do and damned
if you don't.
>> Debian has such good package management that
>> folks are scared to compile their own
packages for fear that
>> their packages won't be as good. They
SR> But the packages are compiled with i386
SR> optimizations. Why should I go for old
SR> when I have modern hardware. Gentoo
excels in this aspect.
I also am not sure if compiling for i386 vs. i686
really makes that
much of a difference? I'd like to see some
numerical evidence and not
subjective views. I am not talking of libraries
like ATLAS, which are
hand tuned for specific architectures. In this case
Debian does have
arch specific packages.
Besides, if anyone talks of absolute speed, gcc, kde
and gnome in the
same breath they are practicing some form of double
>> case where the reverse is true. Its not like
>> policy forces you not to install packages
SR> But Gentoo is lot more convinient if you
SR> compiling the source .. and it also has
binary packages though
SR> not recommended.
SR> The strong point against debian is it
SR> i386 binaries even if you want to use them
SR> hardware. Gentoo is fast. I have Gentoo
2004.0 CDs with me.
I'll ask again. How fast is "fast"? What
significant difference does
it make to compile it for your architecture?
Numbers please. What
are your benchmarks? How does it make any
difference to someone who
does not use GNOME/KDE?
Besides the whole thread has digressed. Being a
fairly long time
user, I aware of some of Debian's shortcomings. My
only point was it
is unfair to wrongly characterize users based on
what distro they use!