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Old 04-23-2007, 04:12 AM   #16
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Gentoo is kinda hard to install unlike free BSD... I just hope they can improve the installation into much simpler, specially when your rushing things.
Sabayon Linux = Gentoo precompiled...and it uses an automated installer =)

I prefer to do things manually (more control). IMHO Gentoo is getting soft...silly GUI's on crap that doesn't need a GUI (i.e. portage...) Just my opinion, of course.

As for stability, if you stick to -O2 (or perhaps less), tweak your CFLAGS for whatever purpose you're aiming for (size, speed, etc...), stick to the stable branch, and don't go nuts with your USE flags, Gentoo builds a rather lean, stable system. Problem is, 90% of the Gentoo users out there are speed freaks who need to squeeze every ounce of performance out of their system that they can (including me...heh). If you find yourself building absolutely silly CFLAGS combinations (i.e. every speed optimization, regardless of side-effects), you've installed a water cooling system that's homemade, overclocked your CPU past any "common sense" setting, and your USE flags are getting out of control, then Gentoo can get very unstable. I know I've nuked my Gentoo install more than once tweaking stuff I probably shouldn't have been messing with haha

By comparison, my Gentoo machine at work is built very conservatively, and I've not had any problems with it since install.

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