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Emerge no more

Posted 04-15-2009 at 10:06 AM by bitpicker

I guess it's now official: I'm an ex-Gentoo user.

I have Ubuntu on my notebook and most people I brought over into the fold I set up with a *buntu as well. I don't care for KDE or Gnome myself, and in Gentoo on my desktop I had Xfce running.

Last Saturday pushed me over the edge.

There was a major upgrade. I had been out of town for half a week so I had skipped one of my two update sessions when I tackled this one. It included recompiling gcc and installing a new version of which came with a four page document on how to make the transition. I knew it would cause problems the moment I agreed to emerge all the updates.

The computer took half the day compiling some 80 packages. It's a good thing I have the notebook to check on my e-mail as if my life depended on it.

I hadn't used HAL for before. It turned out that, although I had followed the upgrade document as far as it concerned itself with not using HAL, would not see my mouse. Undoing the changes I had made to xorg.conf made it not see the keyboard either.

So it looked like I would have to read into using HAL. But I did not feel like it. There used to be a time when tinkering was fun and I practically hoped for some incompatibility to arise so I coud flex my problem-solving muscles. Well, they seem to have atrophied.

Maybe the mouse problem wasn't exactly huge, but it was the last in a long line of not-so-huge problems. And I really have my doubts that having the computer burn all that energy for day-long compilation orgies really is worth it.

On top of all that one of my harddisks opted out of life. Well, I had seen that coming, and there was only Windows on it, so no loss. But it was time for a new start, Gentoo had served me well for better than three years, but I had been ogling a *buntu for my desktop for quite a while. Thank you, Gentoo, we had fun, but I'm off. No hard feelings.

Now I have Xubuntu up and running. It's not quite set up the way I like it yet, but a little bit of fiddling is still ok with me. It seems we'll be getting along.

Here's a screenshot of what it looks like at present:

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