On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM, Barry Schwartz
> Frank Peters <frank.peters@...> skribis:
>> Out of habit, I still use the kernel sources from kernel.org.
> This makes me curious what other people are using from outside of
> Portage. I install Grub outside of Portage, on the grounds that (a) it
> is a bad thing to upgrade unless you have to; and (b) the Grub 2
> ebuilds were broken anyway, and I didn’t want to switch back to Grub 1
> when moving from Exherbo back to Gentoo. So I used the default GNU
> install procedure in /usr/local. If the machine boots, the machine
> boots, and I’m satisfied.
> (I also use only package.use and not make.conf for use flags, a habit
> picked up from using Paludis, and recently got rid of package.mask and
> use package.accepted_keywords for all my masking. Lots of redundancy
> in Portage these days, maybe a bit too much.)
In my case nothing outside of portage. I'm not a software developer or
IT professional. I just want my system to work. All my systems are
amd64 stable with a few ~amd64 packages & libraries, as well as a
couple of flags in make.conf but most flags in package.use. I do use a
couple of overlays but I don't maintain any local overlays, again not
wanting to deal with any of that stuff.
I do use package.mask when I want or need to delay something getting
onto one of my machines that I just don't want to deal with until
others have proved it works. (Think about the new udev coming out...)