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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Tried Gentoo went back to Ubuntu for now
by on Thu 6th Oct 2005 01:22 UTC

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Stage 1 install does take a loooong time. Alsa and some other modprobes were failing but the alsa-driver package was fine if of course I had not compiled the kernel with Alsa support. Sound was a bit of a mess and coming from someone using Ubuntu that is a bit of a dig I know.

I knew I had to read docs and I knew about the USE Flag but omg you better get all the case dependencies like multi-media libs and all that out of the way in your use flags first before compiling even the basics like your desktop in my humble opinion. It was honestly tough to get the desktop just right without doing that.

Its not the kernel or the base system that takes so long but the entire gnome or kde desktop.

On a stage 1, that takes forever and then a day.

Personally after not having a 3 line USE flag set and after not getting my ALSA the way I want it and still getting apps telling me my /dev/dsp was locked and all that I was facing a huge re-compile on a deep dependency emerge world and just said screw it.

I tried out Breezy the developer's release of Ubuntu and life has not been perfect at all since it is a development release.

But I will give it to Gentoo, it really is a hell of a lot faster if you can get everything compiled against all the proper USE flags.

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