[ale] gentoo lunix? <-subconcious spelling error?
CharlesM at Media-Brokers.com
Wed Aug 7 09:37:14 EDT 2002
> From: James P. Kinney III [mailto:jkinney at localnetsolutions.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2002 9:09 AM
> As if I _need_ an excuse to tinker with a new distribution...
> Gentoo looks like a great process for building a server.
> With every thing built onto the box, it should be a nearly
> perfect fit of software to hardware.
> But the thought of "gentoo'ing" 3, 8, 25 not-all-exactly-
> the-same workstations has no appeal to me at all. I guess
> as long as the cpu is in the same class, a level 0 dump of
> the first could be restored onto the blank drives and then
> some boot tinkering done.
> The real advantage of the binary installations is the fact
> that, for the most part, they are one size fits all. It's
> very easy to crank out a good working Linux box with RedHat,
> Slackware, Debian, Mandrake, or Suse. It is highly optimized?
> No. As a professional admin can I get all 10 of them done
> (installed, locked down, ready for users) in less than a
> day? Yep! Paycheck time. Would I seriously consider Gentoo
> for a specialized server? Yep!
This is all true enough, but except for specialized workstations that
require lots of memory and processing power, ie, for the typical office
setup, I wouldn't setup individual workstations anyway - it just doesn't
make sense, with the availability of LTSP. Makes maintenance completely
painless, and as long as you keep a few spare machines in a closet
somewhere, you can support this kind of setup remotely easily, especially
with an advanced package management system like Portage. This makes Gentoo
an ideal distro for all your needs, because, obviously, you would also want
your specialized workstations to be optimized, which again calls for Gentoo.
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