Breaking a dpkg Addiction with Gentoo
“Hello. My name is Kevin, and I’m a dpkg addict. Its been 3 days since my last apt-get…”
Dpkg is the package management system for the *buntu’s and for Debian. Don’t get me wrong here, its a great and versatile way to handle what programs are on your computer. Dpkg uses a binary based distribution system, which means that the standard package you get has some precompiled code placed within it that is then extracted and then set up. This is fine for most users. As long as the package works and runs as expected, this is sufficient. I however, have had an itch for a little while to move away from downloading prebuilt packages. Why?
Building the package yourself, that is, compiling the source code for the program allows for the maximum amount of customization and the maximum amount of optimization for the machine that you are working with.