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Re: GNU From Scratch

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: GNU From Scratch
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2005 21:22:00 +0100

   Do you think this is feasible and sensible?

No, it is a waste of time.  More often than not you learn nothing,
since you are simply following steps that someone else has written for
you.  Following instructions blindly is not learning, or exploring.
Also, compiling a system from scratch is adhoc, doesn't bring you
anything, and is a pita to maintain.

Making a usable system that is easy to upgrade, maintain, and use is
far more work than compiling things from scratch into some directory
(which I can do in about a minute, excluding compilation time).  We
are currently working on making the last missing bits of the GNU
system fit (package manager, installer, package build system, etc) so
that it is ready to be used.  If you are interested in the GNU system,
then you might wish to read http://www.gnu.org/software/packaging, and
subscribe to gnu-system-discuss@gnu.org.

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