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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 1:14 pm    Post subject: So What? Reply with quote

I'm looking to get into Linux and have been told by some that SuSE is better than the rest. But I know many people don't use SuSE and others use RedHat or Mandriva (as it's now called) to power their systems. So I pose this question to the community: What makes Gentoo Linux better than the rest?

I only ask because I'm looking to better inform myself of which linux distro to get.

And for future reference, is the LiveDVD (listed in the torrents download) of the latest release containing all addons and such?

Thanks for the help.

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2005.0 is the latest release.

You're obviously at least somewhat interested since you are posting here, so just give the installation a go and form your own opinion.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you have to ask its probably not for you, gentoo takes a lot more reading and configuration than other distros but gives the users a hell of a lot more control over every aspect of their system from boot loader to desktop enviroment.

suse isnt a bad distro though a bit bloated and slower it has all the stuff done for a newbie without thinking, i think you need to add in mp3 suport yourself like with redhat thanks to some legal issues but most stuff is on there good to go.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys.

Ewan, you mentioned that there's a hell of a lot more reading involved with Gentoo than others. Can I get some examples? Are you talking about the manual or just in general to get Gentoo just the way I want? I have quite a bit of time coming up, and have been wanting to get into linux for a while, since I despise Windows.

And another question (sorry for so many): Is Gentoo 64-bit compliant, or is that still in the works? Only reason I ask is because I'm going to upgrade my desktop to a 64 bit processor over the summer, and want to use Linux, but may have to default to windows.

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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bpat1434 wrote:
Ewan, you mentioned that there's a hell of a lot more reading involved with Gentoo than others. Can I get some examples? Are you talking about the manual or just in general to get Gentoo just the way I want? I have quite a bit of time coming up, and have been wanting to get into linux for a while, since I despise Windows.

See for yourself: http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/list.xml
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And another question (sorry for so many): Is Gentoo 64-bit compliant, or is that still in the works? Only reason I ask is because I'm going to upgrade my desktop to a 64 bit processor over the summer, and want to use Linux, but may have to default to windows.

Gentoo is fully AMD64 compliant.
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2005 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

to get gentoo running you only need to follow the manual and the docs, if however you want to do more stuff it is basicly editing config files rather than following a gui so you end up spending more time resarching options.

gentoo is probably one of the best 64bit distros although ironicly as 64bit the optimisation becomes less important, you will however need to resinstall from 32bit so either leave a free partition or prepair to wipe the old one by say keeping /home on a separate partition.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2005 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Read : http://www.gentoo.org/main/en/about.xml
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PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2005 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This topic has been covered many times.

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-232760-highlight-versus.html

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-313315-highlight-versus.html
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-316615-highlight-versus.html
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-319986-highlight-versus.html
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-269035-highlight-versus.html
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-94246-highlight-versus.html
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-247798-highlight-versus.html
https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-220349-highlight-versus.html


Pick one of those. The first one is specific to Gentoo vs Suse.
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