CPU specific/optimized Debian builds ?
I was having a look at Gentoo Linux the other night, and their principle of
rebuilding your own packages with your chosen gcc -O & -march flags.
I got wondering, how one should go about rebuilding from source a whole
debian installation in a similar way ?
Anybody did this before, or are there any significant hurdles that prevent
automating this process ?
With the forthcoming significant updates to big parts of the system (XF4.2,
KDE 3), and the simultaneous release of gcc 3.1, maybe now would also be a
good time to consider having an arch-"x86 on steroids" along with i386, with
an automated build process.
I've read the performance improvements in the case of Gentoo *really* make a
I believe Debian has an advanced enough packages & build system to make such
build processes relatively painless, so why not take advantage of it and
offer more performance ?
I could understand the overhead and practical unfeasability of adding an
additional arch (even though it's not really a *different* arch), but it'd be
nice if at least there were a straightforward tool/procedure to generate a
custom-built CD Image with optimized packages.
I suspect there might be something like this already, maybe someone is even
already hosting optimized ISO's somewhere.
If so, please make yourself heard ! :)
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