[Ardour-Users] State of Gentoo for audio was Mac recommendations

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 07:52:34 PST 2008

On Fri, Nov 7, 2008 at 7:18 AM, Paul Winkler <slinkp at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 11:05:39AM +0000, John Rigg wrote:
>> On Fri, Nov 07, 2008 at 02:00:53PM +0900, sonofzev at iinet.net.au wrote:
>> > Am I being naive to keep pushing, or is it really time to look at something
>> > else more seriously and give up some of the performance benefits of having
>> > a system completely CPU optimised?? <BR>
>> Any amd64 distro will be optimised completely for x86_64 CPU. Gentoo only
>> gives a performance advantage on x86.
> I've never bothered to compare performance, but for me that's not the
> reason I've stuck with Gentoo longer than any other distro I've tried.
> For me it's more about control and configurability (eg. I never could
> find a way to tell any other distro "Please do not ever install esd, I
> really really do not want it").


> There certainly are problems in the gentoo world, eg. the latest
> can't-update-because-somebody-released-broken-core-crap debacle:
> http://www.odi.ch/weblog/posting.php?posting=524 ... but hey, you can
> always wait till it's resolved upstream before updating.

Not agreed. Too many times there have been problems whether things get
removed from portage before the replacements marked as stable in
portage are truly stable. Anyway, it's not a huge problem. Much worse
for me is the desire of portage maintainers to remove things from the
tree when there is no real replacement. Portage maintainers generally
think a higher rev number means better. Unfortunately if the package
maintainer decides to remove features we users get hurt and Gentoo
then makes you start maintaining your own tree which I have to do
> I do envy the relatively lightning-fast package installation speed of
> every other distro :-\

What? You mean that Gnome update I started a couple of hours ago? ;-)


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