Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 16th Dec 2007 00:04 UTC, submitted by obsethryl
Gentoo A relatively lengthy Q&A with Ciaran McCreesh about Paludis, the Portage alternative for Gentoo.
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RE: I love Gentoo
by blixel on Sun 16th Dec 2007 09:34 UTC in reply to "I love Gentoo"
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Wow, you guys are missing out

On my Debian desktop/workstation, I have the window manager I want, the browser I want, the e-mail client I want, the IM client I want, the music software, the office apps, and so on.

On my Ubuntu laptop, it all pretty much "just works".

On my OpenBSD server, I have OpenLDAP setup how I want, I have apache, postfix, mysql, etc...

So ... I have everything I want, setup how I want - and I didn't spend an entire day doing "stage 1 / stage 2 / stage 3" installs - and I don't spend hours and hours per week turning my CPU into a hot iron grill by way of compiling hundreds of megs of source code (thereby wasting enormous amounts of electricity and otherwise making the machine completely useless while it's compiling)

So ... what am I missing out on exactly?

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RE[2]: I love Gentoo
by dylansmrjones on Sun 16th Dec 2007 21:55 in reply to "RE: I love Gentoo"
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You are not doing stage 1 and stage 2 installations anymore (which is sad - they are the funniest parts of installing gentoo).

More power to you that all packages in Ubuntu are compiled exactly the way you want them to be. Personally I must say that my needs are quite different, so none of the 'buntus fit me. I'd prefer LFS but it's a PITA to maintain, so I use gentoo (though Source Mage and FreeBSD were close competitors before I chose gentoo back in ... hmm.. distant past).

Since all packages in *buntu are compiled 100% according your taste you are not missing out on anything. Consider yourself lucky.

EDIT: The computer is not "useless" while compiling. You can do all kind of stuff while the machine is compiling the packages in the background. You know, these days OS'es support multitasking. Your knowledge of gentoo is severely outdated.

Edited 2007-12-16 21:56 UTC

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RE[2]: I love Gentoo
by de_wizze on Mon 17th Dec 2007 02:51 in reply to "RE: I love Gentoo"
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How soon after all those 'apps that you want' add a feature that you wanted to their stable release will you be able to get and make use of it?

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