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From: Mart Raudsepp <leio@g.o>
To: gentoo-project@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-project] Gentoo Council nominee 2018/19 questions
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:14:10
Ühel kenal päeval, E, 02.07.2018 kell 04:48, kirjutas M. J. Everitt:
> A couple of passing thoughts:- > > 1) What is/are your own current use cases for using Gentoo? Server? > Desktop? Cluster? Embedded? on what platforms/arches? And why Gentoo?
I basically just have Gentoo everywhere but my phones, usually ~amd64. Including a mips netbook, arm64 board and some arm boards; these are usually for tinkering with gentoo on them, not in daily use. Now also a server running stable amd64. In the past I've done some minimal images work for fitting things in 64MB flash (I think it ended up quite comfy below 40MB without trying much, but it was a long time ago). For arches that's then amd64, arm64, arm, mips and x86 in the past. For arm64 I formed arch project some time ago, could use more help... Gentoo offers me familiarity and being in power of things and understanding what is what.
> 2) What improvements to the distro (ignoring all structural > discussions) > would you like to see, to enhance your experience of using Gentoo vs > something else?
I would like to be able to care less about choices from time to time, when my choice is to let that be done by the maintainers, who know the per-package choice best, so I don't have to research. An example of that is REQUIRED_USE usage in ebuilds that force to make a choice, instead of having a maintainer selected priority when a choice is not made by user. Though it's not actually that much of an issue in practice (this specific example), but I mean in general such things. The package manager could use some speedups and improvements. Getting a @world upgrade list in 25 minutes without some special non-default flags on a dual-core APU with spinning disk is not OK. And I'd like to see more innovation happening within Gentoo. Clear Linux, Fedora and such things shouldn't be taking the cake here; we have potential and often easier to implement (don't have to force it on everyone from binary packages for testing, etc) opportunities too.. Mart


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