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Description: I have a current install from 2003 that I have been updating about every 6 months. What I do is follow this;
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-upgrading.xml
and update to the latest profile;
then rebuild the toolchain;
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gcc-upgrading.xml
then
emerge -upDN world
revdep-rebuild


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Old 08-04-2007, 05:35 PM   #1
comprookie2000
 
Registered: Feb 2004
Distribution: Gentoo
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10

Pros: current - stable
Cons: Time consuming



Just keeps working year after year.
 
Old 08-09-2007, 01:39 AM   #2
gabeyg
 
Registered: Jul 2007
Posts: 28

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Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8

Pros: Programming programs available in place, user manual configuration available
Cons: Live CD, DVD not stable, too much errors


I managed to install gentoo on place, but it was difficult. For example, I had hard time configuring my disk in GParted to manage it to install in LiveCD and DVD. Furthermore, there was no "root" user in live. Ext3 partition mounting was really hard. WHen I tried again installing by using stable minimum cd, it worked, and it was good. But hard time managing partitions. Also, compiling errors might happen if you have slower computer such as laptop like me. (Well, i don't suffer much since i make it my computer to perform better such as overclocking and so on.) However, much has been good with Fedora now with much softwares using DVD edition install. Only con parts i found is about Wireless connection problems and wireless crashing with SELinux and audio card problems, but that can be solved easily. Since now fedora has much things that Gentoo has too, i recommend switching to Fedora, since it is easier to install and use. However, except install part, Gentoo is good.
 
Old 09-12-2007, 01:55 PM   #3
Keruskerfuerst
 
Registered: Oct 2005
Distribution: Gentoo 2006
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Pros: Very fast, only needed packages can be installed
Cons: Only for Linuxproffionals


I am using Gentoo for now 3 years.
At the beginning, the installation and configuration is hard.
It is a Linux distribution for learning Linux.

How works a operating system, how should be maintained, etc...

It is strongly recommend to use this distribution.
 
Old 01-18-2008, 02:44 PM   #4
dubkat
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Distribution: Gentoo
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Pros: Performance, Enormous package repository, Configurable Dependancies, Easily Customized.
Cons: The Installer is buggy at best, so be prepared to do things manually. Setup can take a very long time on slower machines.


One of the reasons i switched to Gentoo, was because I was tired of upgrading every 6 months when Fedora decided to release a new version. That meant worrying about 3rd party RPM's i downloaded might not work, downloading and burning a new disk (or net-install). It was just a hassle. I soon discovered Gentoo has WAY more packages in portage than Fedora, and none of legal crap causing configuration of multiple repositories. I also learned a lot by manually installing Gentoo on my systems.... all 5 of them (gateway, fileserver, desktop, 2 old laptops).

Oh yeah - And Gentoo is one of the very few distro's to offer grsec patched kernels and toolchains using the Gentoo Hardened profile.

I definitely Recommend Gentoo to people - Just be prepared to read documentation :)
 
Old 02-26-2008, 01:56 PM   #5
b1f30
 
Registered: Nov 2007
Distribution: Gentoo, Debian, BSD, Slack
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Pros: Builds from source, very UNIX look and feel, insane level of customization, no GUI handholding, incredibly active and supportive user community, amazing documentation
Cons: You'll probably be compiling a few hours before you come up with a desktop you like.


Gentoo has so many compile options and customization features, there are too many to list here.

Safe to say, Gentoo is *not* your run of the mill newbie/GUI distro. That does not mean, however, that you can't download the minimal installer and get it up and running on your own. The documented Handbook is clear and concise, and will help you get better acquainted with the guts and inner workings of a truly powerful Linux system:

http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/

The requirements are moderate (I have numerous friends who've been able to install it and run it on their laptops with only a few wireless issues outstanding), but don't try making it work on anything slower than a PII I'd say.

The package selection is feature rich, with compile time options that come by the dozens in the form of USE flags:

http://www.gentoo.org/dyn/use-index.xml

Keep in mind, it's recommended that your first time out with Gentoo to keep your USE flags to a minimum to reduce compile times and breakage - don't be too aggressive from the get go. Take some time and read the handbook and learn what exactly it is you're doing.

Desktops are abundant - you can build KDE, GNOME, Xfce, fluxbox, windowmaker, enlightenment, you name it - all with a simple command:

Code:
$ emerge <packagename>
Keeping your system secure and up to date is as simple as a one line command:

Code:
$ emerge -up world
The bugtrack is alive and kicking 24/7:

https://bugs.gentoo.org/

Gentoo is for the Linux enthusiast, the 'ricer', the power geek. It's powerful, flexible, with a very lively user base and community.

I highly recommend it to anyone who really wants to learn Linux the right way, the first time. I wish I had Gentoo or Slackware before I tried Mandrake or Red Hat.

Just my two cents.
 
Old 03-15-2008, 12:32 AM   #6
LaurelRaven
 
Registered: Mar 2008
Distribution: FreeBSD/CentOS/Ubuntu/Gentoo
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Pros: Power, configurability
Cons: Short-term hair loss ;)


Took a few tries to get a Gentoo install that worked, but once I did, it was well worth it. Even a failed attempt at installing and configuring Gentoo will teach a novice user a lot about how Linux works, and for this reason, I HIGHLY recommend people to try it out.

If you stick with it long enough to get it working, it is very stable, and Portage is quite simply the best package manager out there (in my opinion).

I don't know how, but Gentoo also has the most attractive command line I've ever worked with. The default colors and fonts that are used are simple and appealing to look at.

The best part of Gentoo is it assumes absolutely nothing about what YOU would want on a Linux box. As Larry the Cow says, it's all about choice. You want only the three packages you will use, and the barest dependencies answered? You got it. You want hundreds upon hundreds of seemingly useless packages that you will likely never use or need, but "just in case..."? Long as you don't mind the compile time, you got it.

Another great feature is never having to download a new disk to install a new version. Heck, you never have to download a new version! You just update your system with a simple "emerge --sync" followed by "emerge -Du world", and you will have all the latest packages offered on the latest 2007-2008-2042 or whatever year CD, even though you installed from a 2005 CD.

No matter what else I try, I am always drawn back to Gentoo, and I recommend anyone who gets the opportunity to try it, seize it!
 
Old 10-29-2008, 12:40 PM   #7
Sargek
 
Registered: Jan 2003
Distribution: Debian testing
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Pros: Customization, size, control
Cons: long install time


I have been using Gentoo since the 1.x series and although I have switched to something "easy" from time to time, I always come back to Gentoo because it just feels right. Lot's of control, lean install, easy to configure, and relatively fast. Can't ask for more than that.
 
Old 03-04-2009, 01:02 AM   #8
circa82
 
Registered: Feb 2009
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Pros: Fast, detailed, user control
Cons: time consuming


For what it's meant for, Gentoo really does it's job and does it well. It's fast, stable, excellent package system (Portage), and most of all, it can be fine tuned to fit your specific box and needs. If you need control; you've got it down to the smallest detail.

Great distro (IMHO) for mid-level linux users who want to get their hands dirty and learn. Granted, Gentoo can be as easy to use as any other distro, but if you take the time and really use all that's available to you; you will learn. Gentoo has excellent documentation and a great community for it's users.

The biggest downside to Gentoo is how time consuming it can be. Installing your base and configuring the system will take quite a while; though the more you do it, the quicker it gets. This is where learning the system is key because you can cut down install times by cutting out what you don't need. Even with that, you can still expect a good amount of install time for bigger packages.
 
Old 05-29-2009, 08:17 PM   #9
hacksaw116
 
Registered: May 2009
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Pros: Dialed in
Cons: large packages will teabag your machine!


I use Gentoo. I have used it for years... I think it was my choice of distro after Red Hat Linux 7.2

I would disagree with the majority vote which seems to state that this distribution is not for what we call "newbies".

If you have the time and patience, this is by far the best distribution to try out in order to understand how Linux works. Some people run Linux as a fashion statement. They are happy to be part of the open source team, yet don't care to read in depth about how the Linux OS works. They want a downloadable fix to make their problems go away and have no interest in debugging or scouring log files for clues to a problem. For those people, this is not the distribution to use!!

For those of you who are new to Linux and don't mind spending hours reading about master boot records, partitioning schemes, and file systems etc... You will find Gentoo a great resource of learning how the Linux OS works. The documentation is more than ample to do a stage 3 install. Back in my day I boot-strapped it (yeah it was supported once... All I did was read the docs!) stage1 style, compiling it with distcc over 3 nodes. I wasn't that good with linux back then either, but I could read and I had patience to try new things.

For me, Gentoo has its ups and downs. I am happy with its package management system, and the only issues I have is when something like OpenOffice needs an update it needs to compile for hours. Since I chose to compile that from source (you can choose to use pre compiled binaries for OpenOffice, Firefox, etc... if you prefer to avoid this time spent) I have used Gentoo for a few years now, but I still run into learning experiences every now and then.

If you don't mind spending a few days to get a system with X going, then give Gentoo a shot. The documentation for it is out there, and it can be easily installed from knoppix or some livecd distro so you can surf the net while doing command line action to install the O.S.

Good luck all, and happy hacking!
 
Old 08-17-2009, 08:55 PM   #10
pressman57
 
Registered: Feb 2005
Distribution: Arch
Posts: 50

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Pros: Stable, fast and very well documented.
Cons: Compile times (of course).


I've installed Gentoo twice on my 512k 1.2 Ghz machine; once in 2007 and again this year, and both installations (from the live cd low-res installer) were challenging but ultimately successful.

Whether or not Gentoo is a "newbie distribution" would depend entirely on the newbie. Gentoo is not for the stupid, and it's absolutely not for the impatient-especially on an older computer. Compile times can be daunting and compiles are not always successful - usually after a three to six hour wait. You then plunge back into the manual....

But when you at last get it working it works WELL. In 2007 I installed just two programs (Kino and Ardor) which worked flawlessly on Fluxbox and cut latency down to damn near zero (with a real-time kernel), all on a 1.2ghz processor. I could install just what I needed with Gentoo and cut down on the overhead. I could fine tune it.

I now use Gentoo and nothing else.
 




  



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