For another project I have had to learn Gentoo packaging.  I think having a LedgerSMB overlay for Portage would be very helpful in attracting development effort, and I don't expect this to be a difficult one to maintain.  I could probably manage to automate everything from build testing to actual builds on our releases.  However, this leads to a few questions:

1.  For Gentoo should we support multiple side-by-side versions (I.e. slotting with 1.4 and 1.5 occupying different slots)?  If we do, should we automate having these share a starman instance?

2.  My plan is to add the CPAN dependencies unspotted and assume they may be shared.

3.  From here I plan to talk with a Gentoo maintainer to see if we can get the overlap to have some sort of official status and made available out of the box by the tool layman.

Any thoughts or objections?

Best Wishes,
Chris Travers

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