Gentoo’s sys­tem for main­tain­ing pack­ages, Port­age, has had a sig­ni­fic­ant speed boost with ver­sion 2.1. Syn­chron­ising the tree (the equi­val­ent of Debian’s ‘apt-get update’) feels sev­er­al times faster. I don’t mind com­pil­ing my own apps (I leave it going overnight), but I do mind if I have to wait for ages before I can start the com­pil­a­tion in the first place. Any­body who has been scared away from Gentoo in the past because of Port­age should give it anoth­er go.

Note that this does not affect com­pil­a­tion times. It does, how­ever, hasten the pack­age man­age­ment both before and after compilation.

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