This is my first post, and I'm totally new to Gentoo/Sabayon.
I installed Sabayon last night and I've spend the afternoon reading up on Portage and Entropy...but Portage mostly. Although I'm aware that both managers are aware of each other, it seems like I should pick one to use, and use the other sparingly, if at all.
Here's the kind of stuff I'm thinking about:
- (I think) I'm going to use Portage exclusively for package management, as the impression I get is that compiled-from-source packages are going to be (at least a little bit) faster than regular binary packages.
- Right now, I've got a fresh install from the livecd. So I am running on all binary packages.
- If I use Portage to update world, emerge will get all the security updates, etc. as source and compile them. This leaves me with some packages compiled, and some (the ones without updates) as binaries (but Portage knows about compiled packages as well as binary packages, so it doesn't matter).
- As time goes on, more and more of the original binary packages will get updated, and therefore replaced by a compiled-from-source version.
- Eventually, my entire system will consist of packages that are compiled from source, just like a traditional Gentoo install, where absolutely everything is compiled.
Are these assumptions correct, or am I missing some detail about how this all works? And how much does the binary vs. source thing *really* matter for a general desktop user/web programmer like me?