Every box has a certain purpose that makes it hard to dedicate it to compilation for any useful amount of time. The VDR box also is weak (300 MHz, 128 Mbyte), it's underclocked to make cooling more silent, and compiling, say, QT on it would cause swap mayhem and maybe even give the video recordings trouble. The sort of uber powerful PC is still needed in XP bootery often enough. My laptop is a P4M (it was cheap) and gets annoyingly hot and loud under load. My wife's laptop is a Powerbook, and I really can't be bothered to set up a cross compilation environment (plus, it also gets hot). On the "convenience and Wife Acceptance Factor"/"usefulness for distcc or chroot help" graph, each of those boxes lies in the lower right quadrant.NeoThermic wrote:Plus the distcc boxes don't need to be up 24/7, you just turn them on when you want to do a huge number of packages. Who doesn't have several boxes in their house anyway?
Not to mention that all of the suggested fixes consume MY time as well, and I'd rather install a system that just works and do something productive with it. I just don't see a benefit of running Gentoo any more, apart from bragging rights.