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Old 06-19-2002, 07:46 PM   #1
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Gentoo or Debian, Questions

Hello! Well, I've been a Mandrake user for almost a year now, and I'm really wanting to "get my hands dirty" so to speak, to really learn what is doing what, and that sort of thing. It was suggested by a friend for me to try debian, which seems neat with the apt-get (I am **so** sick of the dependency hunt), however I've also been reading about Gentoo linux, which seems really cool, as I had a few questions, and I would be so grateful if you could help me out:

1. Which is best for us poor modem users? My isp kicks me off every 4 hours, does either one do resuming of interrupted downloads?

2. What are the main advantages of one over the other? Which do you prefer and why? Which do you recommend for someone with not a lot of experience with linux (but willing to spend the time learning and tinkering)?

3. I am getting a new hard drive (), so should I try installing windows or debian/gentoo (whichever I pick) on it first? I've already got lilo running to boot into windows or mandrake (the windows drive is the one getting tossed out, it's failing--I have linux on one hard drive, windows on the other), and I know Gentoo uses grub, would it work better if I switched from lilo to grub (easy to do with mandrake) if I go the Gentoo route, or will grub have to have everything set up all over again (from scratch) anyways when I install the new distribution so it won't matter?

Thank you for your help! I will be buying the cd's for whichever I pick because of said horrible dial up, but I'm pretty sure I can buy either debian woody or gentoo without any problem. Thanks again for the assistance--this is my first step out into non-windows-like-linux...

Old 06-19-2002, 08:05 PM   #2
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(1) Debian lets you resume, I don't know about Gentoo
(2) Debian prepackages everything for you, gentoo lets you build system optimised binaries. This takes a LOT longer to download and install but could run faster.
(3) My general method is to use the Linux install discks to partition the hard disks, then install Windows, then install Linux. Windows will trash whatever boot loader you have installed, and if you trash you current linux install you will lose all your config files, so you might as well not worry about grub until you install Linux.
Old 06-19-2002, 09:53 PM   #3
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I am not sure about debian, i tried Gentoo....quite cool as you can customize to your own prefrences, it is geared with the Portage technology similar to the Debian apt-get (I think so) but i suggest you try Gentoo only if you have a good connection to the ISP.
Old 06-21-2002, 04:25 AM   #4
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Thank you for your help! I think I'll be trying debian first, and waiting until I have a good network connection (if a reliable isp ever comes to this backwater town ) to try Gentoo. Thank you for your suggestions--I really appreciate them!



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