On Wed, 12 Jun 2002 13:18:52 -0700, Dave Martel assert()ed:
>>'Gentoo Linux 1.2 has been released; basic changes include
>> install-related fixes and countless updates to our Portage tree, such
>> as KDE 3.0.1 (20020604) and GNOME 2 (beta, 20020607) support. Note
>> that GNOME 2 is still masked, but fully useable -- more information
>> here and in the Gentoo Forums. New users can find install instructions
>> here and ISOs and build tarballs here (and on our mirrors
>> soon). Existing users need only emerge sync to be up-to-date.'
> Looks like Gentoo's about to the point I've been waiting for. Darn,
> and I just ordered FreeBSD 4.6 and the latest Debian. I won't know
> which toy to play with first...
> All these choices are SO confusing. Maybe I'll go back to Windows. :oP
>>'Tux CDs is now selling Gentoo Linux 1.2 PPC, i686, and SPARC CDs for
>> $3.75 USD apiece, and donating 20% of their profits from Gentoo sales
>> to the Gentoo Linux project! :) Note that the i686 CD will allow a
>> build from scratch for *all* systems, but also has pre-built stuff for
>> i686+ CPUs.'
> $3.75 for an OS and *only* a few thousand applications? That's
> outrageous! I thought you guys said Linux was FREE?
Remember that your estimate of "a few thousand" includes at least twenty
clocks (that's a low estimate) and at least thirty e-mail clients.
In FreeBSD's ports collection there is an entire subdirectory called
'x11-clocks' with 30-40 entries in it.
Why does every man and his dog feel the need to write a clock? That goes way
beyond offering users "choice". Let me reword that... why does every
developer who finds that the current clocks don't meet his need, and writes
his own, feel the need to contribute it to the community? It takes long
enough to cvsup the ports as it is...