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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Gentoo
by Simon on Thu 12th Feb 2004 07:12 UTC


Regarding Gentoo, who cares if it takes 4 hours to compile something? Computers don't sleep, it's done overnight. The upside is the lack of dependancy problems, and the knowledge that the slightest hiccup is covered by four seperate threads on forums.gentoo.org by people who found the solution two hours earlier.

I have 5 gentoo machines at home, networked. Distcc helps, but how often do you really need to recompile kde or Open Office? The school has a gentoo ltsp server, I only update that in the break between terms, which means it has 2 weeks to finished compiling updates.

I'm not having a go at binary distributions, but any system where you can type

emerge mozilla-firebird

and have it download and install everything required, tailored to the hardware, is great.

Cheers
Simon