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Re:Nice idea

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on February 15, 2007 07:10 PM
Who cares about popularity as long as you're happy with the distro of your choice?

There are also other good source-based distros besides GoboLinux and Gentoo -- at least CRUX, Lunar Linux and Source Mage GNU/Linux.

Source Mage is my personal favourite. It has one unified, easy-to-use interface (ncurses dialog or gtk xdialog) for configuring all the aspects of package management (optimization flags, integrity checks, notification sounds, etc.). It asks which optional dependencies you want and it lets you tweak the make options before the compile starts -- and it remembers your answers the next time you compile the same app.

Source Mage and Lunar are forks of Sorcerer GNU/Linux (which later on became non-GPL). An early review of Sorcery at DistroWatch offers a surprisingly nice overview to what Source Mage is like.
<a href="http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=review-sorcerer" title="distrowatch.com">http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=review-<nobr>s<wbr></nobr> orcerer</a distrowatch.com>
<a href="http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=review-sourcemage" title="distrowatch.com">http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=review-<nobr>s<wbr></nobr> ourcemage</a distrowatch.com>

And here's a comparison of Gentoo's and Source Mage's package managers (and also some other aspects of these distros).
<a href="http://www.sourcemage.org/Gentoo" title="sourcemage.org">http://www.sourcemage.org/Gentoo</a sourcemage.org>

One final tip: It's been a while since Source Mage 0.9.6 was released (2006-03-15) and if someone wants to try Source Mage now, it's useful to update smgl-archspecs first before compiling glibc.

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