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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installation is the worst part of Gentoo
by on Thu 6th Oct 2005 07:59 UTC

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The worst part of Gentoo is the installation. Yes, you have to read the documentation. Yes, you have to do a lot of typing. Yes, it takes time. Yes, its tedious and as much fun as watching paint dry.

Once you're done with the installation - which you pretty much only have to ever do *once* on any given hardware, since Gentoo is one of the easiest distros to keep current - you start to get the benefits of Gentoo.

What benefits exactly? Speed is a minor benefit, if that matters to you. Slackware is no slouch by any means, but Gentoo is as quick or quicker, depending obviously on what you installed on your system. The only other Linux with anything close to the same pool of easily installed software - Debian - runs like a tired slug on a ball-and-chain by comparison.

The real benefit IS portage. Desite *years* of trying, I have yet to find any other Linux distro which lets me get as many differing bits of software easily installed, with one command, from mainstream items like KDE to oddball things like Qcad or Xcircuit or Kile or FlightGear.

The Gentoo install is purgatory. After that, it's as close to heaven as you'll get with Linux today, if you have the need for diverse uncommon bits of software.

If all you want is an excellent workaday desktop Linux, with all the run-of-the-mill browsing/office/email/chat programs and so on, by all means install Mepis, or Kubuntu if your tastes run that way. A quick install, and no need to go through the Gentoo install headaches. The Gentoo Portage advantage wouldn't be worth the install headaches for you, anyway.


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