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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.

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