Gubuntu (Portage in Ubuntu) :)

Bob Nielsen nielsen at
Fri Mar 25 14:34:40 UTC 2005

On Thu, Mar 24, 2005 at 11:28:17AM -0500, sunmicroman wrote:
> Maximilian Gerlach Wrote: 
> > >
> > Mhm - more or less :)
> > Portage is (in its function) similar to Debian's (and therefore
> > Ubuntu's) 'apt', but it downloads the programs (as source) not from a
> > repository, but from the 'original' place itself. Inside the
> > 'ebuilds' (think of it as an equivalent of .deb files) somebody added
> > the dependencies of this program, a description, commands that take
> > care
> > of compiling it properly, links to needed patches, and so on.
> > 
> > Any corrections from the (former?) gentoo users? :)
> > 
> > 
> Yup, that's about it. And IMHO, it is the best package
> manager/installer of any Linux distro on the planet. Better than
> apt-get and WAY better than yum. Mainly because it seems to have like
> 10X the software than any repository and gets updated daily. I would
> love to see this incorporated into Ubuntu. I like Ubuntu and use it as
> my main distro simply because it saves me the hassle (and hours) of a
> Gentoo install (unless you use Jollix).

Perhaps a killer app could use some of Gentoo's tricks to pull down
source and autobuild a .deb.  This would be valuable for installing
software not available in Ubuntu/Debian or keeping up with the latest 

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