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Old 07-11-2003, 10:08 PM   #1
AgtSkippy
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Question Gentoo: Pros and Cons


I am upgrading my machine a little (getting a new HD), and I am wondering if it would be good to switch to Gentoo. I am currently using Mandrake 9.1. I am having a good time with it, not bad at all. I, however, just started using Linux this summer and I thought "What a good way to learn the 'real' linux install process by loading Gentoo." Basically, I am asking for Gentoo users out there to tell me their frustrations with Gentoo and their happiness with it.

Thank You!
 
Old 07-11-2003, 10:32 PM   #2
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Gentoo compiles everything by hand. This is pretty much not a non interactive process.

Gentoo itself will not teach you any more about linux. Its very automated.

That said, its installation process is somewhat manual,so you can learn from that.

You would learn just as much with Debian or Slackware though, so consider looking a them as well.
 
Old 07-12-2003, 12:04 AM   #3
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thank you

Thank you for your input, I have also heard good things about Slackware and Debian... Hmmmm... Choices Choices.
 
Old 07-12-2003, 12:16 AM   #4
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I think gentoo is a great move. I used mandrake 9 for almost a year. It got to the point where rpms were just too much to deal with. Gentoo takes forever to install (read: at least 2 days) and if you don't follow directions to the t, you'll have to start over. Package management is easy and simple. SLackware is wonderful if you want to learn the ins and outs of linux, but if you want update stuff as easy as possible, go with gentoo.
 
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we have a review section specifically for this, click the link, top right corner of this page.
 
Old 07-12-2003, 10:15 AM   #6
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I didn't know about that section. Thank you very much for telling me. I have made my decision to switch to gentoo now. Thanks for the input!
 
  


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