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Re: [MiNT] Gentoo/FreeMiNT

Hi Alan,

at first, thanks for this, finally someone decided to make a first step. I was thinking about something like that for a long time but never got any further.

One thing I forgot to mention is that it REQUIRES! the code I'm working
on over in the freemint-enhancements kernel branch, as I'm supporting
some new functionality. There'll be a mintlib-enhancements branch to
follow this soon too.

If I may ask, why is all this -enhancements needed? mintlib/freemint development isn't such wild -- I fear we'll end with using -enhancements only and original mintlib/freemint will obsolete quite fast (because everyone will want to use the newest tools).

And the last note: do you think using gentoo is the best choice? I mean, surely most of Atari users would be happy to compile (in case they even want to compile anything) stuff via cross compiler so in my eyes something like CLFS (cross linux from scratch) or systems with support for more architectures (opensuse for example) would be the better start -- there are scripts for building everything, little patching for mint target would be needed only. Considering the frequency of gentoo updates (a big), I can imagine the real meaning of jokes about gentoo ;-) Even simple 'sed' recompilation takes about 10 to 20 minutes on ct60, not speaking about the fact you can do nearly nothing in that time (high contrast to present PCs). Add the count of the Atari users with reliable ethernet connectivity + freemint + ct60/aranym and you'll get quite scary number.

Don't take this note as discouraring you, I'm really happy about this initiative but I want to prevent some errors from the beginning..

MiKRO / Mystic Bytes