Linked by Andrew Barilla on Tue 10th Feb 2004 20:08 UTC
Linux After reading a discussion on DistroWatch asking if users were happy with their current distribution, I noticed a common thread of those who have had similar experiences as myself with juggling various Linux distributions. Like myself, they feel many Linux distributions are great, but no one quite feels like home. None of them quite fit the bill and they may even begin to think that every OS sucks.
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Tried it and went back to Gentoo
by Dave on Tue 10th Feb 2004 22:08 UTC

I've run many distros, inlcuding Gentoo (current), Arch, Slack, Mandy, Debian, and a few others. After every one, I still come back to Gentoo. I've had 2 Debian installs get borked to the point they wouldn't boot, not counting the multitude of packages from the unstable branch (and I'm sorry, but for a desktop system, the stable branch just don't cut it, and testing is a few yards short as well) that failed to install due to broken dependencies.

I tried Slackware back in the version 8 days (about 3 years ago) and it was just too much hassle to install new software. I tried Arch about 2 years ago (I think; it was at 0.3 when I got it) and left it behind due to a lack of documentation for making your own packages using ABS. I upgrade my kernel about every 2-3 weeks (I'm running a 2.6.2 patched with the Love patchset [which is a very new patchset and is constantly under development right now]) and I was unable to find a good enough explanation at the time about how to use ABS, so I gave it up and went back to Gentoo.

Regardless of the amount of time it takes to compile software, I've not once experienced a problem using Portage that involved failed dependencies. And Gentoo's documentation on Portage (on both the end-user and developer ends) far exceeds anything else I've seen for other package managers (pacman and apt included).

I was going to install Gentoo on my Dell laptop, but I've been keeping an eye on Arch and may give it another shot.