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November 10, 2007

I'm A Gentoo Guy

I used to be very fond of RedHat. I liked the idea that you put in the CD, loaded the OS, selected your packages, and you were golden. If you needed anything you just loaded the RPM and presto, you had the stuff.

Well, I have a server that is still running RedHat 7.3. The main reason for this is that, well... i suppose i was just too lazy or scared to update it. I mean, if it's not broke don't fix it right? So I decided I wanted to upgrade it and found out that waiting a couple years to do an update was really not the best idea. There was no clear upgrade path for me and I was pretty stuck.

I looked around for alternatives (RedHat was now Fedora, there were some new distros), and I decided that Gentoo was a pretty good alternative. It had the stability, features, and packages of a mature distro and provided this hot update feature using emerge. Ok, I was sold and loaded an old notbook to try it out. Well it wasn't easy or simple to get things working. It took about a week to work out all the small details and at least a day to install KDE. Once it was done, I was once again golden.

Now I suppose I am a Gentoo guy. I like the idea that I can configure the system exactly the way I want (control freak) and i can update the old system with an emerge world command. Sweet.

I must say that over the last week i've been updating an old notebook computer I had lying around to be a gentoo server and now after 4 days and about 42 hours of compiling source code, I still don't have much of a system. I'm not sure when it will be done, but when it is I will be totally golden.

I did find it funny that this article What Your Linux Distro Says About You did seem pretty accurate, but it does paint me as a super geek (not the case I assure you). I haven't gotten a tattoo yet :)

I do plan to look into some of the other distros just to see if I'm missing anything. I'll probably start with Ubuntu (I used to be a MS Windows guy)

Posted by Hefe at November 10, 2007 08:27 PM

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I know what you mean, I've also been toying with Gentoo and while it seems like the Swiss Army Knife Linux distros, it also can suck the life out of you.

Posted by: Chuck at November 13, 2007 07:17 PM

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