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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Here's how I see it.
by on Wed 5th Oct 2005 23:05 UTC

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I have used many distro in my day. I started out with Slackware and I used it for over 3 years. It was a great learning tool. Then one day I read about Gentoo, and how it was suppose to be an excellent tool for learning about the inner workings of a GNU/Linux system. So I thought what the hell, I'll give it a shot. Maybe I'll learn something new that Slackware hasn't shown me already.

So I downloaded Gentoo 1.4 (this was the version, back when I started using it) It was indeed a great learning tool, mostly due to the handbook giving a bit of background information about each command along the way. BUT! The second time around I'm not learning anything new... in fact it's just becoming a pain to get a Gentoo system up and running quickly, even with a stage3 install. I can do it all under 45mins now, but I still find it more of a pain then anything else really. So I stopped using it.

Since I was in the market I went distro hunting again. I stumbled around in Freebsd (great, just great. Wish gentoo had a similar way of installing) Then moved to and settled on Debian since. (I tried ArchLinux, which is also really great)

As I see it. Gentoo is a great learning tool and will always be, but for someone like me who needs to get systems up and running quickly and painlessly Slackware/Debian/Freebsd/Arch are all better options. They give me just as much flexability (minus USE Flags, which are nice to have sometimes) as Gentoo, but in half the time.

Use the right tool for the job. They all provide great package managers, stability and flexability. It's just how quickly you get can it up and running that defines when and where I will deploy each.

Just my 2 cents.

Thank you.

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