Gentoo 宣佈支援 binary package

Hacker News 上看到「Gentoo goes Binary (gentoo.org)」這篇,原文在「Gentoo goes Binary!」這。

Gentooportage 知名,這點在維基百科條目開頭就有提出來:

Gentoo Linux (pronounced /ˈdʒɛntuː/ JEN-too[3]) is a Linux distribution built using the Portage package management system. Unlike a binary software distribution, the source code is compiled locally according to the user's preferences and is often optimized for the specific type of computer.

這算是 Gentoo 的特色,不過即使 Gentoo 超愛 source package,也還是支援 binary package 安裝,但以前只提供重點套件,這包括了像是 Linux kernel 以及 gcc 這種套件,總是要有這些東西才能開始編軟體。

而這次公告宣佈要全面支援 binary package 算是個大轉變:

To speed up working with slow hardware and for overall convenience, we’re now also offering binary packages for download and direct installation!

目前 binary package 的主力會在 amd64 與 arm64 平台,然後提到這會對 mirror site 有額外的空間需求:

For most architectures, this is limited to the core system and weekly updates - not so for amd64 and arm64 however. There we’ve got a stunning >20 GByte of packages on our mirrors, from LibreOffice to KDE Plasma and from Gnome to Docker. Gentoo stable, updated daily.

從文末的圖也可以看到「the amount of binary package data in GByte for each architecture」得資訊:

想得到的客群大概是兩種,第一類是對於想用 Gentoo 看看的人來說會更好入手,尤其是手上是 Raspberry Pi 這些 CPU 不快的 SBC 會方便不少...

另外一種是不太在意效能,但是對某些 package 來說有高度客製化需求的人,會希望自己編這些 package 的人,透過 portage 自己調整。

One thought on “Gentoo 宣佈支援 binary package”

  1. Feng Liu says:

    这……抛去USE的特性之外,跟 Arch 的区别就不大了吧?

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