Talk:Installing software

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I don't think we should call Gentoo's Portage "building it yourself" - it's very convenient.

EvilSporkMan 22:05, Mar 5, 2004 (EST)


I suggest you separate Gentoo's method from "doing it yourself" - doing it yourself is a PITA.

EvilSporkMan 22:37, Mar 5, 2004 (EST)


I tried to clarify this text, but I don't think I know a simple term for what Gentoo does, other than "automated compilation from source", and that's not simple either..

BillGarrett 00:52, Mar 6, 2004 (EST)


How about doing the page in two parts - binaries and source. Then do the source in two parts. Auto and manual. So you might say, "Compiling packages from source takes one of two forms. Either there is no package management as such - you simply download the tarball and compile it - or build scripts take care of the compilation for you, based on certain configuration options (USE flags in Gentoo) that you set..."

Something like that, maybe. In other words, not just touch up the expression, but go ahead and elaborate on the methods. Not like a full article but at least enough to give people the idea.

Digiot 01:00, Mar 6, 2004 (EST)