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Hey. I'd like to go from Debian to Gentoo. Is there anyway to elegantly do that, short of clearing the drive and freshly installing Gentoo? I am worried mostly about keeping my data, but I'm not interested in burning it all to disc if it can be avoided.
Distribution: Debian Wheezy/Jessie/Sid, Linux Mint DE
As a die hard Debian user I would not trash my Debian installation before I know that I like the new distro more.
Install Virtualbox, and Gentoo in the VB. (Recommend to use the .deb package from virtualbox.org, not the Debian version)
If you do a new install anyway: keeping /etc is not a good idea, many config files are different. And yes, a separate /home directory is very convenient. However, do not rely too much on keeping things like the .kde directory. Usually it takes more time to fix problems than to reconfigure KDE. (Or Gnome)
I like debian too, jilinkels, but my ultimate objective is to move from distribution to distribution in ascending order of complexity. Once I have an "idea" of how gentoo is, I'll very likely look for a next one.
Installing gentoo is a bit more of a task than I anticipated, but I've learned plenty already, and any progress is progress indeed.
If I really want debian back, I have the iso's burned.