Ease of use was the final reason I switched from Gentoo to Ubuntu for my Linux distro. I still get to screw with stuff but I don’t have to go through the laborious task of recompiling everything on my system when I need to make a major change. Don’t get me wrong, setting up and maintaining Gentoo is an awesome learning experience, but it is just too much of a hassle after a while.
But my colleague at work never changes his system and he loves Gentoo. Depends on what you want to do, I guess.
setting up and maintaining Gentoo is an awesome learning experience, but it is just too much of a hassle after a while
I totally agree. I don’t think I’d ever use Gentoo for anything serious. The nice thing about Fedora, Ubuntu, etc. is the stability. Compiling is cool and geeky, but it’s probably not the most practical approach when a known-working solution exists. OmniNerd has been running on Fedora since day 1 and is always up-to-date with the latest OS, and it’s all managed remotely. I’m a big fan. I think the trick is keeping things clean and up-to-date. VnutZ is meticulous about keeping things nice and tidy, removing extraneous packages, etc. I think that sort of effort really pays off in the long run.
yeah…I gave up on Gentoo a couple years after they came out (2001ish??). They had convoluted or poor documentation and no clear direction. Cool bleeding edge factor though.
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