Linked by Steve Husted on Wed 5th Oct 2005 17:53 UTC
Gentoo I've been wanting to try Gentoo for some time, but always had to roll my eyes at the pages and pages of installation instructions. This time, however, I rolled up my sleeves and buckled down. Minutes later, I was on my way.
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Article Full of Flaws
by OddFox on Wed 5th Oct 2005 20:33 UTC
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First off, installing Linux on any laptop is going to be a pain with a lot of distributions, this should be nothing that surprises anyone anymore, but there are some that are really getting quite good at it, I hear Ubuntu has, and apparently Slackware is good for this reviewer's needs on his laptop. However, mistake number one was expecting a distro like Gentoo, that you tailor to your needs, to simply "just work" out-of-the-box so to speak with his laptop's configuration. It's just not going to work.

Furthermore, many of the problems he had could be found simply by Googling for the specific hardware he was having an issue with. If I'm having a problem getting Twinview setup, or my mouse wheel working, I don't search Google for Gentoo-specific results, I search Google for all results because Gentoo runs Linux, therefore, solutions for other distributions as well tend to work great within Gentoo. This is really something I thought was a no-brainer, and I used to use Slackware primarily after I got sick of Mandrake 8.2 back when I started off. Then there's also the forums that apparently he completely ignored (Nevermind the left hand side of the main Gentoo website that has links to all the documentation he would ever need and more).

Emerging KDE is as simple as an emerge kde, I don't know what the reviewer was on but seriously, why does it work for me right now? emerge kde installs kde-base/kde-3.4.2 for me right now, which in turn installs all the required dependencies that make up a standard KDE desktop. If you wanted to, you could do emerge kde-meta, that's another option that I tend to use, myself, but still, it's not the default, and emerge kde simply works. What the heck is going on here? I didn't know there was blatant lying allowed in these articles, that they aren't checked for factuality. You can even go to and see for yourself, the kde package is there. That's the kde that most people not delving into the unstable portage tree will encounter when doing emerge kde.

Seriously, this article reeks of flamebait, and I say that as a very serious supporter of Slackware, regardless of my not using it primarily for some time. I have played around with each and every new release though, and yes it is simpler to setup than Gentoo if you're inexperienced with Gentoo, but maintaining it is a far cry more difficult, even with checkinstall and swaret or slapt-get. I'm sorry, but I need to compile my packages with the support that I need, and it's a pain in the arse to do that by hand, I don't want to wrestle with the package manager Slackware uses anymore. Sorry for the long response but truth be told it would be longer if I felt people would read it at that length. ;)

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