Posted by: Anonymous
on January 06, 2009 08:21 PM
NIX solves some very real problems for people that are using Enterprise Linux distros. Maybe you're running webservers on RHEL4? Maybe you're not excited about having to maintain your own software library/repository for all the newer versions of software you need for that use case than what is provided by the vendor. It's a major time sink and pain to have to build and test everything by hand (configure --prefix=/foo/bar-2.0.24 -execprefix=... && make && sudo make install). With a solution like this one, which is basically ports or Gentoo for on top of your distro, it does most of the heavy lifting for you. Disk space is cheap. Time is not.