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Old 07-23-2011, 08:47 AM   #1
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Gentoo over arch?


i currently use arch as my main system (u gotta love pacman )
but i have read quite a bit about gentoo and while i understand the aims of the distro: i am not sure about how worthwhile it is.

my question is this: what advantages do you get from waiting hours for everything to compile? i would unlikely want to change how anything compiles very much: so what is it you get? better speed? more than arch?

Old 07-23-2011, 09:35 AM   #2
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Seriously, if you have modern hardware the puny human mind isn't going to comprehend the difference in speed between one well-maintained distro and another.

More customisability is what I get from Gentoo over Arch. I used Arch for awhile and it is a good distro, but I have this perverse need to decide for myself what dependencies to build everything against. I used to do it with LFS and CLFS, but that started taking too much of my time hunting down and fixing build errors. With Gentoo, I get the micro-management I like and someone else gets to create all the patches.

The initial Gentoo installation can take a little while especially if you plan to install X and a DE. After that, you're not installing that much, just package upgrades. Those can build and install in the background while you continue to work. Of course, I have six machines and use distcc so that may be why things build a little faster for me .
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ok i must try gentoo some time then

but that second part: how exactly are you using distcc? it sounds very intriguing...


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