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November 26, 2010

A “Green” OS?

Filed under: linux — tuxicity @ 11:41 am

How environmentally friendly can an operating system be ?

I wondered about that when i saw on Distrowatch that a new beta of VLOS is out.
Vlos and Sabayon are based on Gentoo,
Gentoo is a source based distro, meaning you have to compile apps and updates yourself.
Is it good to compile or is it better to use packages ready to install?
Environmentalists would say packages.
And honestly I have to agree with them.
Compiling is a waste of energy if you can get ready compiled packages instead.
So if you compile just for the sake of “look at me compiling!” think again.
RPM’s, DEB’s , PKG’s and other package formats help to keep the energy usage low.

Gentoo is still a great distro though.



1 Comment »

  1. googl’ing why some stupid thing does not work in linux consumes more enery than compiling whole os from source.
    mac’s are greener than win/linux:p

    Comment by Kaktuss — June 25, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

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