Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 7th Mar 2006 01:37 UTC, submitted by Valour
Gentoo "It's been a while since I last reviewed Gentoo Linux because there haven't been too many significant changes in the past few releases. I've been using it as my primary desktop operating system for a year and a half, though, and I've been running my main Web/email/database server on it since October of 2004. There's a reason why I've stayed with it that long, both as a desktop and server OS - and there's also a reason why I'm writing a review of the 2006.0 release after a long hiatus from Gentoo reviews." More here.
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Automated LFS
by siride on Tue 7th Mar 2006 03:22 UTC
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Gentoo is automated Linux From Scratch, with some dev support. It's meant for hobbiests and tweakers and people who don't mind waiting a long time for stuff to compile. Most people don't want to do that. Some people (like me), do. To each his own. If you don't like that, then don't use Gentoo.

For production systems, or for users who just want to get work done, Gentoo is not a good distro. But Gentoo isn't, for the most part, trying to be for those people.

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RE: Automated LFS
by dumbkiwi on Tue 7th Mar 2006 04:00 in reply to "Automated LFS"
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I don't see why you say it's not for production systems. We have it running here on several servers.

Also compiling from source and "getting work done" are not mutually exclusive. I've never had trouble "getting work done" while compiling.

Personally, I use gentoo precisely because it allows me to get work done. It is so simple to maintain. The quality of the packages seems very high. Very rarely do I run into update issues. I spend a lot less time maintaining my 4 gentoo machines than I do other binary based distributions. The initial time to install is significant, but the resultant system makes up for that in spades.

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RE: Automated LFS
by monkeyhead on Tue 7th Mar 2006 06:46 in reply to "Automated LFS"
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You say it's for hobbyists and tweakers, but I think that Gentoo is more for control freaks. But like you said... 'to each his own.'

And now on to my own personal musing about gentoo:

I've been using gentoo since around 03 and i'm still happy with it. I've only performed one install, but it's still going strong on the box i'm posting this from. I like knowing what is and isn't installed on my computer. I'm hesistant to try another distro simply because of my reliance on portage.

The forums and wikis are way better for getting to the bottom of problems than any other distro that i've come in contact with. Well other than the 'Off the Wall' forum which i'm currently banned from. heh...

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RE: Automated LFS
by dylansmrjones on Tue 7th Mar 2006 09:59 in reply to "Automated LFS"
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Well, my father is using Gentoo 2005.1-r1.

I set it up some months ago, and my older brother is maintaining it.

Remember, you don't have to recompile everytime an update is released.

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