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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by on Thu 6th Oct 2005 00:16 UTC

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There's a "quick start" version of the installation docs, just giving the basic commands with a few sentaces.

Also Gentoo is more about tailoring coding to a Gentoo format. This is why you have ebuilds that enforce proper File System Hiarchary rules and special scripts for managing init.d scripts. The excess of Documentation is a great thing for Gentooists, as we need to know exactly how things must be configured, because we love to administrate the system.

Slackware is different but still similar to Gentoo. With Slackware you get preconfigured precompiled tgz to work with and a few tools to manage your system. The rest of the stuff in Slackware is left for you to edit. It's very normal for users to configuer their own kernel in both Gentoo and Slackware, although some people love to use genkernel.

Gentoo really isn't that much different in philosophy to other distros, that is having a large system for managing and enforcing a certain style of distribution. One of the big downsides I see with Gentoo is the compile times and a lack of an automated install tool.

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