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Bug 1744 - faq additions
Summary: faq additions
Alias: None
Product: [OLD] Docs-user
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Other (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 All
: High normal (vote)
Assignee: Sherman Boyd (meekrob) (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2002-04-13 19:31 UTC by Mark D. Anderson
Modified: 2003-02-04 19:42 UTC (History)
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Description Mark D. Anderson 2002-04-13 19:31:36 UTC
Q: When you say, "we have two CDs available" at
you are lying, right? You just have downloadable images.

A: ?

Q: where can i order a CD of either of the two ISO's mentioned, in
case i don't have a CD burner, or don't want to bother?

A: Some are
[who else? when will gentoo itself sell them?]

Q: Is there a way to configure the system so it will use a designated
cdrom, local directory, or remote repository as a cache of already
compiled binary packages? It would use that if there is one of
the same version available rather than recompiling from source.

A: ?

Q: What kernel version is gentoo tracking? Does it supply any of its
own kernel patches, or does it match some other 2.4 branch exactly?
Is the gentoo kernel also available over CVS? Does portage apply
to the kernel or just to the applications?

A: ?

Q: What command do I issue to determine which of my already installed
ports have a more recent version available?

A: ?

Q: Do the gentoo ports deal with the fixed install path braindamage
of a lot of packages? That is, does it try to solve some of the same
problems as

A: ?

Q: How does gentoo/portage deal with the general problem of preserving
existing config files and data from old versions of software, while still
enabling new features when upgrading? Asked another way, to is mimic
the *bsd approach of being able to preverse/merge just /etc, and everything
else can be updated?

A: ?

Q: Is gentoo ever going to have an install procedure with fewer interactive
steps? Such asking the questions all at once, and then go get coffee, and
then it is done? Or supporting a special file of already-supplied answers?

A: ?

Q: It seems like this is unlike freebsd, which provides an integrated
release of a kernel with a chosen set of core services (such as dhcp, firewall,
mta, etc.), all of which are documented and configured in a single rc.conf:
Rather gentoo seems more akin to the usual linux approach of choosing which
mta you want, which dhcp client you want, which pppoe you want, etc.,
and for each, you have to read their own documentation, and edit their
own individual files. Or am I missing something?

A: ?
Comment 1 Sherman Boyd (meekrob) (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2002-04-19 00:52:56 UTC
Q: When you say, "we have two CDs available" at
you are lying, right? You just have downloadable images.

A: When you say these are supposed to be FAQ additions you are lying, right?  As
everyone knows FAQ stands for frequently asked questions, and many of these
(especially this one) have only been asked once.

These questions are very good ones, but better suited to our mailing list or where they can be properly discussed.  Here on bugzilla I am
afraid they won't get the attention they deserve.

Comment 2 John Davis (zhen) (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2002-12-15 21:05:39 UTC
Trying to clean out the docs-depricated so that I can close the catergory ...