[lug] new distro
rrarabie at arabie.org
Mon Oct 7 21:41:38 MDT 2002
On Mon, 7 Oct 2002, Michael D. Hirsch wrote:
> It sounds like you might like Gentoo. It is totally free, like Debian,
> but much more cutting edge. It tends to have very up to date tools.
> The "portage" system seems as nice as apt-get to me.
> It is designed to always build from scratch as part of the installation
> process, so it is not for the faint of heart.
I've used Red Hat, and still have a 7.2 system here at home. Red Hat was
my first distro, it did well as an intro. I got frustrated with the rpm
system, though. I felt like it was too difficult to manage the system
I've got an OpenBSD and a NetBSD system, too. I like the *BSD packages
system, great for managing packages and updating the system.
My experiences with *BSD is what led me to try Gentoo. I understand the
developers tried to take the best of the *BSD packages and the Debian apt-get
systems and build on it. The Gentoo software management and updating system is
called portage. It has no GUI interface, commandline only, but a simple
$ emerge mozilla
will check your system, build a list of dependencies, fetch the source for
dependencies and the application, compile it, install it, and tell you if
there are config files that need to be updated in /etc.
I am very pleased thus far with my Gentoo system. I have been using it for
about 6-months. It has been a very stable system. YMMV, it does have a
reputation for being a bleeding edge distro, so I'm not going to recommend it
for a production environment. Although, it has certainly been much more stable
than any OS I've seen from M$.
As noted in the documentation, Gentoo was designed as a system for advanced
users. It took a lot of RTFM to get my system going. You won't be downloading
your ISO's and building a system in less than 8 hours. I should qualify this
by saying that I didn't have any real trouble, it is just a slow process. The
installation process was much different than any I had ever undertaken. I
learned a tremendous amount in the process, too ;)
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