Re: which distribution to choose
From: Josep L. Guallar-Esteve (guallar_at_easternrad.com)
To: email@example.com Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004 08:53:39 -0500
On Friday 03 December 2004 14:31, Paul A. Sumner wrote:
> An advantage of Gentoo other some others is that it will give you easy
> customization to your specific needs.
One disadvantage: you have to compile absolutely everything. As a result of
this, when (not 'if') a security advisory hits Gentoo, you will loose
precious time compiling the new sources.
Another: you will need to leave compiling tools in that machine. For a edge of
the network machine, this is a bad idea. If your firewall gets compromised,
the attacker will have tools readily available to compile his/her malware and
create havoc in your network.
And , of course, the 'easy customization' is a long and tedious process.
Gentoo is all right if:
a) your time costs nothing
b) you can use "overkill hardware" for a firewall
c) you like to boast 'I compiled my server'
d) you don't mind downtime
e) you have a competent QA team
-- Josep L. Guallar-Esteve Eastern Radiologists, Inc. Systems and PACS Administration http://www.easternrad.com
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