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Thread: Long time Gentoo-ers

  1. #41
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    Re: Long time Gentoo-ers

    1. If you have switched, why did you switch?
    I figured compiling everything must use a lot more electricity than installing binaries. See also Q3.

    2. Do you still use Gentoo?
    No, but I may go back.

    3. What is your overall comparison of the 2?
    (K)ubuntu had features I didn't know about. e.g. there are a few ways to get automounting going, and last I had tried, I didn't find any satisfying, so I was doing it by hand. Well Kubuntu/KDE4 does it rather slick. I'm sure Gentoo could do this too, but users have to find out about stuff like that and set it up themselves. I don't feel like spending my time seeing if useful new features are available.

    HOWEVER, for some reason I can't get my ATI RV350 to use flgrx under ubuntu so 3D apps like SketchUp crawl, and my ipw2200 wireless driver always crashes within an hour in ubuntu. These two major drivers worked fine for me under Gentoo but not ubuntu, and since ubuntu tries to manage everything with minimal user input, I find troubleshooting more difficult than under Gentoo.

    Oh and one more thing I'm reminded of by the obnoxious animated smilies aside this post. The Gentoo forums are fantastic, and generally have the answer to whatever you may be asking. Ubuntu, on the other hand, has several places the answer might be, since my kubuntu questions are often really ubuntu questions, and there's other derivatives too. Furthermore there seems to be a decent amount of misinformation on the ubuntu forums and seemingly very few people who really understand the problems and solutions.

    4. Do you still recommend Gentoo?
    Yes, whether or not I'm using it, I would recommend it to people who want to know how their computer works. Regardless of my distribution of choice, I think blanket recommendations are irresponsible.

    5. How long have you used Gentoo?
    3 years I think, on two laptops sequentially.

  2. #42
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    Re: Long time Gentoo-ers

    1. I want to "start from scratch".
    2. Yes.
    3. Gentoo is more customizable but Ubuntu is "easy".
    4. Yes, also with Linux from Scratch.
    5. ~1 year now.
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  3. #43
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    Re: Long time Gentoo-ers

    Quote Originally Posted by Ateo View Post
    What's up.

    I'm wondering how other Gentoo users came about using Ubuntu.

    1. If you have switched, why did you switch?
    2. Do you still use Gentoo?
    3. What is your overall comparison of the 2?
    4. Do you still recommend Gentoo?
    5. How long have you used Gentoo?
    1. I switched to Fedora, basically it was as fast and there was no compiling. I could focus my time on more interesting areas of Linux than using gcc as a screensaver.
    2. No, not at all
    3. Gentoo is for people who have very specific use cases, if you need Gentoo you will know, if not stay away. Fedora however can be approached by everyone.
    4. No
    5. A couple of years

    Some might know me as Lovechild or playfool on the Gentoo Forums, I used to be quite active there. I also maintained a kernel patchset called love-sources under Gentoo which got some popularity.
    On strike during the Oneiric cycle due to ungratefulness of Ubuntu.


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