[sf-lug] Gentoo Binary Project

jim jim at well.com
Fri Aug 29 21:27:42 PDT 2008

   extra cool! when can you teach us how to 
walk the debian walk? if there are only a 
few who're interested, we could meet at my 
place or the place that someone else offers. 

On Fri, 2008-08-29 at 20:49 -0700, Asheesh Laroia wrote:
> On Fri, 29 Aug 2008, Justin Ryan wrote:
> > Sure, then to get software which isn't available or up-to-date, you 
> > install portage-prefix, which then installs new copies of all the stuff 
> > that Ubuntu and Debian installed for you, and they fight it out with 
> > light sabers.  Last time I emerge -u system in my prefix setup, which I 
> > use to build one package that I don't have on Ubuntu, it took a day.
> That's why there's the apt-src package, which automates building new 
> or customized versions of packages for the Debian world.
> > I've actually been thinking about using Portage to generate rpm and
> > deb packages, for creating minidistributions, and also for making it
> > simpler to deploy some things I use portage-prefix fore.
> >
> > I find ebuilds easier to write, update, modify, etc.. than I've ever
> > found .spec or the dpkg directory structure.
> This is a very good point - would people like me to do a teach-in about 
> how to build Debian packages, how to contribute them to Debian/Ubuntu, and 
> hwo to upgrade existing packages beyond what the Debian maintainer has 
> done?
> It would really do better in a better venue than the Javacat - but we were 
> discussing different venues before.
> I'm not going to say people shouldn't work on phillip's binary Gentoo 
> project - by all means, do what you like!  It's a Free (and open source) 
> World! (-:
> I would just love to also teach people about the Debian way!
> -- Asheesh.

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