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 00:56 UTC

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This article is as humorous as some of the responses. Gentoo is not as difficult as the author makes it out to be. I have run Gentoo since 1.2. The only distros I had messed with previous to that was Mandrake & Redhat (pre-Fedora 7.0 & up). I didn't know how to mount a drive back then. I had no clue what fstab was. I damn sure never had built X before. Gentoo built regardless. I learned copying and pasting commands directly out of the install guide into a terminal really wasn't rocket science.

Yeah, it was about ricing in those days. It's gone way beyond that since. Now, it's about customization & building exactly what you want how you want. It's about installing "unstable" compilers months ago without so much as a hiccup since. It's about ease of installation of things like KDE-pertty. It's about easy manual compiles of things like SimpleKDE, which aren't yet in portage, since you have a full development environment at all times. It's about installing the bits & pieces of KDE you actually use, like with Debian, rather than monolithic kde packages, such as kdenetwork or kdemultimedia, as is the case with Slack or Arch. (Or that was the case last I checked those distros.)

If you prefer the convenience of binary distros, it really is best to stick with them. If, on the other hand, you want a bit more control without having to track down dependencies, and don't mind doing larger compiles such as X or KDE overnight, portage does the job quite well.

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