stewymcstewstew writes: Recently a friend and I were having a discussion regarding which is the better alternative for linux server administrators, to use the provided package managers or to compile from source? Essentially the argument hinges on the question "does an administrator lose too much control when using precompiled binaries/package managers?" What do the linux administrators out there on slashdot think? Is the convenience of a package manager worth some of the draw backs? Is control and performance so important as to compile every piece of software from source? Or is the entire argument more nuanced than a simple "option X or option Y" scenario?