Installing kde from scratch

David david.maillists at
Thu Jan 31 14:58:11 GMT 2008

I used to be tempted as well with "optimising Linux for my machine". But the
truth is brilliantly described here:  :-D

Furthermore, imagine that you optimised a package for your machine. But an
update arises that makes even "the binary for a 386 of the new version" be
better than "your previous version optimised for your machine". You have to
update and recompile! :-)  Can you be aware of the updates for all the
programmes, unless you use a distro?

Furthermore, compiling all they long will have an effect on your electricity
bills...(I am not kidding, I did not try it myself, but I read that).

Distros, yeah: I am impartial, but impartiality does not mean "middle point
and not committing oneself". So, impartially, I would recommend you tu use
Debian. The smoothest one, even the sid (unstable) release, as long as you
learn the routine of package management and maintenance.

Furthermore, regarding your question, Debian is quite faithful to the

Yes, there are other very cool distros, but cf. Mat 7:24-27* "Everyone then
who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who
built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and he floods came, and the
winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been
founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not
do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the
rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that
house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."

*The long-lasting things are the things built on rock. I am using Debian for
more than one year, upgrading every day, and I did not have to make a single
reinstallation (of course, you face some problems, as everywhere, but
nothing so far that prevented me from working).*
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