[TriLUG] gentoo linux
jonathan.rippy at interpath.net
Tue Feb 26 15:47:17 EST 2002
> Prior to this which distro did you use?
I've used or experimented with,
in reverse chronological order:
3.) Debian Stable
10.) Slackware (circa 1994)
> What do you like about it?
I remember the nightmare days of doing most
things by hand under Slackware back in '94.
The various commercial distros made things
like X configuration much easier but I feel
that it also removed some of the knowledge
of how things work. I like knowing how
things work, one of the tenets of open source
right? :) (Maybe they didn't explicitly remove
the knowledge but I was less driven to find out
how things worked because a GUI could do it
Many, many applications have "ports" for them.
I've only found 1 application that I've wanted
to use that hasn't been ported yet. (gnomemeeting)
I plan on writing a port for it at some point if
no one gets to it before I do.
Some things I have working:
KDE, XMMS, my TV Card with Xawtv, Mozilla,
Apache, Mysql, Sun's JDK 1.4, SSH,
NVIDIA accelerated drivers for X, among others....
> If I understand gentoo and Sourceror correctly,
> they dont have any binary packages. You build
> everything from source. Which I don't think would
> be a problem if you have a fast machine and lots of
> disk space. What appeals to me is that it claims
> to be more up-to-date than the other distros. I
> don't know how much more up-to-date it is than
> Debian unstable though.
Gentoo usually builds everything from source. But,
in some instances that can't be done like for instance
IBM's JDK or Sun's JDK because there's only a binary
package. The day JDK 1.4 was released in a non-beta
version I was able to "emerge" it under Gentoo.
That's cool! :) In this particular instance, you
have to download the installation file yourself but
it will go through the process of making it a Gentoo
installed package so that you can later uninstall it
Maybe I didn't give Debian a fair enough chance
but I've been very happy with Gentoo. The actual
Gentoo experience might be more in line with Debian
Unstable which I never tried so I can't compare. I
just didn't like the word Unstable in it. :) Gentoo
has the concept of unstable too. For instance, I'm
running the most recent KDE2 but I could also be
trying out KDE3 beta if I wanted (which I don't.)
If you have a spare box lying around you should give
it a whirl. I've been very happy. Hopefully you
will be too! :)
In case anyone wants to know:
build-ix86-1.0_rc6-r16.iso 15-Feb-2002 17:14 16.9M
Yes that's right, 16.9MB for an ISO!!! :)
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