Without fanning the flames of distro wars too much.
I have used Gentoo for some time at home. Its a long process to install (allow
a whole weekend), its not difficult and doesn't take much of your time its
just the compilation of KDE is long but when its installed its a doddle to
upgrade. Gentoo does not have releases like other distro's, it just
continually upgrades packages in portage. With other distro's you will get to
a point where you need to upgrade to a newer release. So the upgrade cycle is
continuous rather than security/bug fixes followed by occasional big
upgrades. I also learn't a lot from installing and running Gentoo and the
website has great content, is well organised and easy to use. There is a
strong anti Gentoo camp but if I want to install from source code and have
cpu cycles to burn thats my call. I don't run Gentoo for speed, I run it
because they have good, well organised documentation, a lot of packages in
portage, maintenance is easy and I have enjoyed the learning curve.
I don't use Gentoo at work - the demands are different. Currently we use
Mandrake but I am thinking about switching to Ubuntu or Debian. However
currently I can't seem to get a stable AMD64 Ubuntu system - no criticism - I
am just further down the learning curve on Ubuntu than Gentoo. I think its
xorg/nvidia playing up.
On Friday 10 February 2006 09:50, Lars Hecking wrote:
>> >I'm after spending the last 5 hours trying to get it installed & I
>> >give up, I'll just use Ubuntu.
>>>> Good choice, you will not notice any difference in speed between the
>> two to be honest.
>> I did however notice a difference in speed between SuSE 9.x and Gentoo.
>> Gentoo is nice if you want to live on the bleeding egde and play with
> stuff. A significant number of features broke over the lifetime of my
> current Gentoo system, and while I got everything fixed, this isn't exactly
> nice. It does have the side effect of getting to know the system better,
> though, looking at obscure packages and their place in the overall system
> ("WTF is foobar and why did it fry my modem?"; I exaggerate, of course ;-)
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