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Old 03-07-2012, 08:02 AM   #1
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Question Gentoo and system Breakages.


I want to use a do-it-yourself distro (Im an Experienced linux user). I was considering Gentoo. I heard that gentoo is rolling release, I am afraid of rolling-release distros. I would like to know is gentoo stable? How often do system breakages happen? and are there anyways how to prevent breakages?

P.s I have used arch before, but it sometimes gets really unstable and system broke. And sorry for the terrible english.
 
Old 03-07-2012, 08:09 AM   #2
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The Gentoo Handbook is quite good, and if you track stable then your boxes don't have to be all that time-consuming. If you go unstable, or mess with developer overlays then it can become a black hole for time, depending on your level of expertise.

I think that Gentoo stable(arch) may be more stable. However, there are some similarities, for example both Gentoo and Arch are rolling-release distros. If you update the system often enough, I wouldn't expect major problems.

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Old 03-07-2012, 08:15 AM   #3
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If you are the type of person, who prefers somebody else making choices suitable for you, rather than making your own, or simply you don't have enough experience in the UNIX/LINIX world to decide which programs, which security model, what layout fits you the most, you generally shouldn't bother with using Gentoo. In the rest, I strongly recommend it for anyone, who is looking for a stable, reliable, fast and highly configurable operating system.
 
Old 03-07-2012, 08:29 AM   #4
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Hi there,

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Originally Posted by TehGoat View Post
I want to use a do-it-yourself distro (Im an Experienced linux user). I was considering Gentoo. I heard that gentoo is rolling release, I am afraid of rolling-release distros. I would like to know is gentoo stable? How often do system breakages happen? and are there anyways how to prevent breakages?
I don't have much experience with Gentoo as a desktop system. But I'm running Gentoo on my local multi-purpose server, a small silent, fanless box with about 20W power consumption. And it has been running 24/7 since late 2009, that's about 2 years now, with not a single glitch except ... well, a few months ago, fetchmail hung in mid-operation, and I noticed that only after two days when I got aware that I didn't receive mails any longer, not even spam mails. I shot the fetchmail process, and all was well again.
Last fall, I had to shut down the box the first time after two years uptime, as there was a power failure here that lasted longer than my little UPS could back it up.

So on the whole, I can't say anything negative about Gentoo. I deliberately installed it "the hard way", that is, not using a preconfigured, guided install routine. I had to build my own custom kernel, because the stock kernel wouldn't recognize the network adapter, and I installed the kernel, the GNU system, the basic core of services, the bootloader all manually. I did that as some sort of exercise, and learned a lot about Linux in that process.
Now the system runs an sshd, dnsmasq, samba, apache, mysql, dovecot, and some more - but no X. Maybe I'm avoiding some potential issues that way.

Concerning stability and reliability: Updates of the installed packages are usually available quite quickly, but it's up to you to install them as soon as they're available, or rather wait some time and look how other people get along with the new version. I'm rather conservative and install updates rather late for exactly that reason.

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And sorry for the terrible english.
It's not that bad, mate, really. :-)

[X] Doc CPU


EDIT: Concerning stability, Gentoo isn't really different from Ubuntu or even Windows in my experience: During the last five years, I haven't had any crash or glitch with Ubuntu, and hardly ever with Windows 2k/XP. Even Win98, as long as I used it, ran very reliably. Looking at Windows, the really troublesome versions were 95, ME, and NT4 (I never tried Vista). Win7 is a pain in the ass in terms of usability, but yet very stable and reliable.

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