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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Fellow Slacker gone Gentooer
by on Thu 6th Oct 2005 04:02 UTC

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I have also been a Slacker for a fair number of years, currently a Gentoo user. Even with Gentoo's installation instructions, the distro suceeded in kicking my ass for the first time (this was around the time of release 2004.1). Recently I tried again (with 2005.1) and won.

I must say, overall, I am happier with Gentoo. By using it, I need to have a much more intimate knowlege of the underworkings on Linux that I never really had to deal with before (while Slackware keeps things clean, generally, many things are added to save you headaches). By having myself do all the choices, I've created a more streamlined operating system which I am not finding is replacing my aging MacOS X box.

When I have the power to compile things as needed, Gentoo overall has now become my preferred distro of choice. I can make a system as complex or as simple as it needs to be, everything done is done by my own hands, I do not have to second-guess anyone else's work. Emerge is a godsend.

However, when it comes to lower-end hardware, in which I must run a server on some moderately old (266Mhz) and ancient (75Mhz) hardware, a binary-based distro that has a minimal installer and minimal add-ons like Slackware shines brightly.

But hey, this is just my personal experience based upon my personal opinions. You cannot, however, make a decision without experiementation. What works for you may not work for me, and what works for me, may not for you. Gentoo and Slackware are both nice, but have a look at some of the other distros out there.

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