I am so new, i am still downloading the iso. I have used gentoo, fedora, suse in recent weeks trying to settle on a distro. I learned alot with gentoo, but realized that i didnt want to compile everything, but did want to compile a certain few apps. I didnt like how Suse, et al... took control of the decision making in choosing apache module, or php and mysql versions. From what ive read arch seems to be a good mix. With a less intrusive package manager, and the perceived flexibility i desire. my goal is to run a LAMP server, with my little ole' dynamicIP and serve a small personal website from home. I will run ftp, http and connect to my windows lan.
Question is: Is pacman flexible enuf to allow me all the choice of compiling myself? Is compiling difficult in the arch environment?
Thanks (19 minutes left in download !!!!)
Install srcpac (pacman -S srcpac). It's the same as pacman if you use srcpac -Sb php it'll built from source rather than install the binary
As I said, extreme newbie here. How does one specify configure options with srcpac? AND... can it be used then for mysql and apache?
thanks for the quick reply!
Take a look at the ABS Wiki Page
To put it in perspective, abs is like a ports tree where you can customize packages that you want to. The details of each package are controlled by a simple shell script. You can have a blend of custom and default packages on your system seamlessly, all managed by pacman.
What SleepyDog said, but why not try the stock packages first - they might suit your needs "out of the box".