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Ubuntu vs Gentoo, Introduction

Windows vs Mac.  Ford vs. Chevy.  Blockbuster vs Netflix.  It goes on and on.  So, why not a Ubuntu vs Gentoo?  I'm talking all out battle here.  Which is better?  Who will come out ahead?

I intend to find out what makes Gentoo tick, and why everyone I seem to meet tells me to use it.  Frankly, I don't get it.  I am a happy Ubuntu user.  In fact, I prefer any Debian-based distro, including Debian itself.  Why?  Rock solid, and stable.  And of course, apt.  The single greatest package management system ever designed.

Anyway, I am interested in Gentoo, due to all the hype, and I would like to give it a try.  I downloaded the 2006.0 LiveCD (the one with the graphical installer), and intend on installing it on a virtual machine.  Now before all the hoopla comes out of the woodwork, the machine I am installing it on is a 2.8 Pentium 4, with 1GB DDR2 RAM and a 300 GB SATA2 7200RPM hard drive.  When running the virtual machine, of course I will be giving all the system RAM and processing power to the virtual machine itself.  I want to see the virtual machine run as native as I can, even though I know it is not 100% possible.  If someone would like to donate their machine for a Gentoo installation, by all means, I will accept.  Otherwise, a VM will just have to work.  Speaking of which, this will be done at my place of employment, at which, I work on a Windows XP box.
Now, I have successfully installed Gentoo on a Sparc box about a year ago or so.  It was a pain in the butt walking through the installer, and I don't plan on going through that again.  I look forward to using the graphical installer provided by the 2006.0 LiveCD.  Sorry if this isn't 1337 enough for you hardcore Gentoo users out there.  I don't have time at work to spend 5 hours installing Gentoo.  I have better things to do.

So with that, I look forward to playing around and getting to know the system fairly deeply.  I consider myself a strong Linux user with advanced knowledge in many areas.  So, over the course of the next few days, I guess I'll see what happens.  At any rate, it should be interesting.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Steve | April 26, 2006 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    "I don’t have time at work to spend 5 hours installing Gentoo. I have better things to do."

    The thing to do, if you can, is dual boot and build your Gentoo install in the background.

    Basically, the bare minimum you need to get Gentoo started is a stage3 install + MBR entry + a kernel to boot onto. You can actually do the whole thing while chrooted, and reboot when you're finally finished. 🙂

  2. Aaron | April 26, 2006 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Well, it's slow to start, but doesn't have anything to do with Gentoo. I am getting kernel panic errors, regardless of distribution. I think it may be the fact that I am running it on a SATA drive, rather than IDE. But I'm not giving up.

  3. joe | August 10, 2007 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    yeah, like steve said, you could just install a quick copy of ubuntu, or use the fedora live cd (dumps into memory for speed). then you just extract the stage3 tarbell onto the gentoo mount and get portage. then chroot into the gentoo mount and continue the install. then you wont waste a lot of time since you'll be functional with ubuntu/fedora.

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