Bakki K. wrote:
I’ve been contemplating a move from Debian Sarge stable to either
Debian Unstable, Gentoo or FreeBSD for my workstations. I am thinking
of doing this in anticipation of ruby-1.8.4 being required for rails
development. (not yet but may be at 1.2?) I don’t think Sarge will be
upgraded to it any time soon, if at all. Gentoo seems great but the
initial build can be a pain.
Gentoo “stable” is currently still at Rails 1.0, I think. Gentoo is
pretty good about getting version bumps into the unstable/testing
repository, if that matters to you. For example, Rails 1.1.2 was
available in Portage a day or so after it escaped from DHH and company.
If you’ve got a few machines, you can minimize the pain of Gentoo
compilation with “distcc” and “ccache” and “buildpkg” features. It’s a
tad tricky to set up, but you can even do the initial build with
“distcc” and “ccache”.
For that matter, you don’t lose a heck of a lot by using “O2” for
optimization and compiling everything for “i686”, which will run on a P2
or better. I’ve got three different types of machines, and I have had
good luck with the i686 trick.
Just out of curiosity, since you mentioned Debian and Gentoo, what about
the “other community distro,” Fedora?
The only question I have about FreeBSD is whether it plays well on
laptops and if so which ones. I did a bit of googling on the subject
and I don’t see any newer laptops on the list. I’d like to go with
coreduo with 667MHz RAM. Ofcourse an obvious option is the Macbook
Pro. I was a bit surprised to see that most good brand name coreduo
laptops with similar specs of a Macbook Pro are atleast as expensive.
I am very familiar with and addicted linux/emacs. apt-get(on Debian)
and all things Linux. So this can be painful transition both on my
pocket book and my psyche
Hey, if you want to spend money on a laptop, get a nice 64-bit Turion
with a wide-screen.
for my other stuff, but thought i’d ask before going ahead.
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M. Edward (Ed) Borasky