Quick setup own distcc farm

When I migrated to Gentoo, I have realised how easy can be compiling from the sources. We have faster computers, couple of cores in one processor. Seems to compiling everything from scratch shouldn’t be difficult. But how we can speed up this process. If you poses some unused PCs, laptops and you could use them for the moment, you can create computer farm for the tool called distccd. Ok but you can say there is a Windows or no system. It doesn’t matter. If there is a network adapter and computer is bootable from pendrive/cdrom, that’s everything what you need. The knowledge about clouds, matrix or clustering is unnecessary. I will try to explain how to easy create own distcc-livecd image.

Distcc

As we can read on official website, distcc is a program to distribute builds of C, C++, Objective C or Objective C++ code across several machines on a network. Distcc should always generate the same results as a local build, is simple to install and use, and is usually faster than a local compile. Configuration is also written well on that website and better in the Gentoo context we may find on Gentoo Distcc Documentation

Calculate Linux

Calculate linux is one of the distributions created on top of Gentoo. We can use portage and the same tools. This distro can be downloaded in few different versions:

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Gentoo + KDE4.4 + compiz-fusion + 1300 FPS

Yes, maybe 1300 fps it is not exciting for someone who has ATI or NVidia card on board, but for my Intel 945GEM it’s back to times before KMS.
Anyway few months I suffered from 3D performance regression. I was happy if I saw 300 FPS. Now desktop can look great and to be fast. How to do it under Gentoo:
1. your system should be ready for “unstable” packages. Hence please accept ~x86 keyword in /etc/make.conf
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KDE 4.4.2 released!

As we can read on kde.org website yesterday has been released update for KDE4.4. New release contains many bugfixes against crashes. It is a recommended upgrade for everyone running KDE SC 4.4.1. More information on official KDE blog.
List of all changes you can find in changelog.
Of course for Gentoo users who has unstable keywords enabled ebuilds are ready