Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

On Gentoo and its use-flags

Filed under

Many times I can read about how people look at Gentoo and its nature of always compiling each packet at installation. Often it’s believed that Gentoo is faster because the compilation can optimize for the processor being used. That may be true, but that is not what characterizes Gentoo.

In my opinion it’s the use-flags.

The Gentoo use-flags

Gentoo use-flags are global tags with an on/off property. The probably most common flag is the “doc” flag that if set indicates that documentation should be installed with every package. Most flags usually control wheter or not to include some feature in a package, such as ipv6.

My opinion

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Software

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

Can Marten Mickos make 'Linux for the cloud' work for HP?

Hewlett-Packard didn’t just buy cloudy startup Eucalyptus Systems to build its fledgling OpenStack cloud biz, it also bought Marten Mickos, the firm’s Finnish CEO. HP isn’t the first to pay for Mickos' expertise - that was Sun Microsystems, when it acquired his venture previous venture, MySQL AB, for $1bn in 2008. Read more