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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Gentoo is friendly for updates
by on Thu 6th Oct 2005 04:31 UTC

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Self disclosure - I am a Gentoo user after moving from Mandrake and Red Hat years ago.

I've used Gentoo since 1.2. The downside of Gentoo is that it does take time - but the amount of customization is good for a tweaker.

USE flags are incredible. For example, by adding the +wifi flag I get to include many wifi utilities (for KDE and other packages) for my laptop, whereas this is disabled for my desktop which just have a 10/100 network card. Granted I can enable that for each packages with --enable_something when I call ./configure - but having it done for you after just setting a flag is a handy thing. Updating the USE flags and recompiling in new functions just requires emerge --newuse world

Also, as others have mentioned, Gentoo has a a nice package system in Portage. Unstable can be installed with just 'ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~x86" emerge blah' for non-hard-masked packages.

The best part I have discovered in recent years is that Gentoo even has dependency fix tools. "revdep-rebuild" allows Gentoo to check the system for broken dependencies and suggest how things can be recompiled to make things right. I don't recall this functionality in another other distros I used.

The last good part about Gentoo is the continuing updates instead of a big-bang update like most other distros. Stage 1 is a pain but big compiles after that does not occur so often. Especially if one does not update every on every near minor release of KDE or Gnome when they come out.

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