[oclug] Gentoo Linux.
bruce at computerbooksforless.com
Mon Jul 14 17:05:50 EDT 2003
On 12 Jul 2003 08:18:50 -0400
Milan Budimirovic <milan.budimirovic at sympatico.ca> wrote:
> On Fri, 2003-07-11 at 16:19, Rod Giffin wrote:
> > You know, I'd probably give Gentoo a try if it wasn't for the length
> > of time to get it running. As it is, I KNOW I don't have the time
> > right now to compile an entire Linux system.
> > That's why I use Mandrake and/or RedHat, I don't have to concern
> > myself with the time it takes... just pop in the CD, and away you
> > go. On my systems, a slow install is one that takes more than 30
> > minutes start to finish. It just goes to show though that each
> > distribution has its strengths and weaknesses - users and situations
> > each is right for, and those each is wrong for.
> > Rod.
> The problem I have with Gentoo is this: who are the users that this
> distro is intended for?
I would guess that it is for those who think that using the optimizing
setting of gcc will allow for greater performance increases. These
increases must be see as an aggregate of the whole system, not
Gentoo is for anal retentive control freaks.
Those who believe that this distro allows them to be as close to the
bleeding edge as one can get with out falling off.
> Surely not the novice user. I mean, really, you want people to come
> over from Windows or MacOS, and you're telling them that they need to
> compile everything? Non-starter. 99% of those people don't even know
> what a compiler is.
Of course it is not for the novice and neither is Debian or Slackware.
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