[clug-talk] Gentoo 2004.3 is out, and here I am compiling 2004.2
nickw77 at shaw.ca
Fri Nov 19 09:37:57 PST 2004
> I'd agree. My first and only experience with Gentoo was over a year
> ago. Before that I've used RedHat6.x-7.x and Mandrake8-9. I was
> installing on a P200 with 128mb ram. I wanted optimize what I could
> so thus Gentoo was my descision. Even with the beautiful
> documentation Gentoo had I still had some small issues with the
> install... nothing I couldn't handle, (but I found it odd where the
> installation would fail at diffrent places each time). However the
> thing that got me was that after a month of install Gentoo I still
> didn't have a working web server, (a month of spending 1 - 2 hours
> almost every night.) After a month I finially got fed up and decided
> to give another distro a whirl.
What? I had an operational web server in 5 days on a P166/64MB RAM. This was
in like 2 hrs the first day and an hour MAX after that each day after to
emerge packages and configure the system. I did the same on a P2-266 in 2
days using distcc [had my P4-2GHz laptop helping]. I bet I could get it
running on a 486-33 in under a month...in fact I might do that just to see.
> Out came the SuSE FTP install and
> having never tried SuSE before it took me less than 1/2 hour to have a
> functional webserver with very few unneeded packages installed. I
> have since moved to Debian, (debootstrap install via knoppix.)
> My thoughts on Gentoo is that the system would be very nice on a fast
> machine but on a slower machine, (the machines that need the speed
> optimization,) it takes *WAY* too much time to install.
I disagree. The resulting system is worth the wait. I just had a P166 given to
me that will be running Gentoo as a machine to play little games on.
Unnecessary? Absolutely, but portage kicks that much butt IMHO.
> I might try Gentoo again down the road but only when installs would be
> less painful.
as will many I suspect. You could always do a stage3 and then set up a cron
emerge system, emerge world scenario. One by one your binary packages will be
replaced by source compiled ones as they are upgraded.
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