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Ubuntu to Gentoo Again

I've just switched back to Gentoo (from Ubuntu). Gentoo is my mom. Reasoning:

  1. I can install Perl modules via CPAN and it works standard-like.
  2. Crazy people use Gentoo, so if you're looking to b0rk your whole system by intalling prototype alpha hardware-accelerated Xorg versions and suchlike, you can have company.
  3. Configuration is just easier somehow because you have a berjillion choices for everything. It seems like the opposite would be true, but in reality if you know what you're doing, more options = better, less options = severe pain.
  4. bash-completion. Mmmmmmmmmm.
  5. Larry the Cow.
  6. My CPU is nice and toasty warm all the time now.
March 01, 2006 @ 3:42 PM PST
Cateogory: Linux


Quoth Hussam on March 04, 2006 @ 1:43 PM PST

You've got to be kidding me. After you switched to Ubuntu I waited for like 2 months thinking you'd switch back but you never did. So I went ahead and installed Ubuntu and ran into this: Gentoo Forums - Off the wall.

Finally I got Ubuntu working (with a standard kernel and not an uber tweaked one like I was used to but yet settled for it). Then I had to slowly forget to use "emerge -vp" everytime my mouse clicked on xterm.

Now that I am used to getting my software installed in a jiffy you switch back to Gentoo :x I'm not switching back I tell you. I'm quite happy here. I want to be able to install kde in 30 minutes and remove it within 5.

That's all I have to say.

Quoth Hussam on March 04, 2006 @ 1:48 PM PST

Btw, [url] not working? I don't know maybe <a href> would do but it's ok.

Oh and things I use my computer for:

  1. Watching movies/simpsons/family guy/march of the penguins etc.
  2. I don't know programming at all .. nada. So CPAN, Camel, Snakes, LAMP I don't know all that. I guess that means whatever distro is optimized for video playback is good for me.
  3. I used to write a lot using Open Office but I am done with my Freshmen Composition classes so I don't use that very often. Just need to edit here and there once in a while.
  4. VNC/SSH into my computer from work to see what the progress of my aMule downloads are or check on my Instant Messages. I also use it to browse websites that are blocked here at work.
  5. Come to think of it, x11vnc never worked for me in Gentoo (but that's because I did not try hard enough). I finally figured it out on Ubuntu (not that it was a distro related problem).

Thanks for reading.

Quoth Brian on March 05, 2006 @ 10:36 AM PST

Sorry about the comments being messed up. But you're the first comment since I started using Wordpress. HTML is allowed.

Keep using Ubuntu. It's good, I liked it. I just like Gentoo better for some specific reasons. Ubuntu never gave me problems except the performance (which was fairly sucky for heavy I/O; I read a lot of people having that problem on the Ubuntu forums). The other thing is if you ever want to start using any non-standard software, you have to install it via ./configure && make && sudo make install which means Gentoo is actually better off, assuming it has a package for it.

Quoth Hussam on March 05, 2006 @ 11:21 AM PST

Don't worry I'm used to having you fix my comments all the time anyway :-p.

You are right. I/O causes a huge problem for me sometimes. I bet if I were able to get nitro|love-sources working with Ubuntu things would work out but all that is far in the future.

I miss being able to have my aMule downloads hash, and limewire spread it's java-ness through my computer and slow it down but still have a pleasurable surfing experience on my computer.

I will definitely stick with Ubuntu for a while. If I do decide to go back to Gentoo I will start with a chroot environment within Ubuntu and go from there! Not going through my previous experience again.

Quoth Brian on March 05, 2006 @ 11:50 AM PST

It's fairly easy to switch distro. You can save your whole homedir. If you were switching to a distro that was less "standard" (Suse maybe) it'd be much harder I imagine. RedHat back in The Day had a nasty nonstandard KDE etc.

If you have your homedir on its on partition you could even run distros in parallel. 1 partition Gentoo, 1 partition Ubuntu, 1 partition homedir. But that's a bit excessive maybe.

Maybe the next release of Ubuntu will correct the IO problems.

Quoth test on January 31, 2011 @ 12:21 AM PST