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fwempa
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:18 pm    Post subject: Gentoo vs Debian Reply with quote

Maybe the wrong place to ask but am currently giving a trial to Gentoo and Debian. Since this is the Gentoo community i assume that the choice of OSs here would be Gentoo. Can someone compare and contrast the two, highlighting the benefits and drawbacks. I realize this is a tall request, so maybe a link to another reference will do.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try this: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-81505-highlight-debian+comparison.html
Or use the search feature of the forums yourself :wink:
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:
Gentoo

Pros
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You get to compile your packages for your arch.  ex: pentium4, athlon-xp, pentium-m, or athlon64.
You start at the beginning, so you get full control over filesystem, and applications installed, and the configuration overall.
Sometimes things "just work" with Gentoo, where another distribution, you go through more hassle.
Frequent security updates.
Great for the linux enthusiast and the code hacker.

Cons
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Learning curve.
Compiling from scratch takes quite a while sometimes.



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Debian

Pros
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Packages are precompiled, no extra compile time.
Kernel is precompiled and preconfigured.
Frequent security updates.

Cons
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Compiled for i386, so it will be slower.
Whatever options and configurations they decide you should have, you will get.


I'm sure there are more Pros and Cons for both, but at the moment, these are the only ones that I worry about. It is pretty much all about what you want. If you don't want to have to tinker or play, but just get a desktop to work without any hassle, go with Debian. If you want that extra performance, choice, tinkerabiliity (is that a word? lol), then go with Gentoo. I've used Debian, and it was alright, but once you use Gentoo, and learn what you really want from your packages, you will only get frustated to find that Debian packagers didn't include this feature, but included another one, and different things like that. You can always check out www.distrowatch.com and read some of the reviews, etc.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Debian updates every year... gentoo updates whenever you feal like it? I used ubnutu and basicly my assement of debian and debian like things is that if you want to change anything it's a roal pain in the ass. Want to compile your own kernel? NOPE! download a lot of crap that doesn't make much sence and honestly still should be there. Want to use the latest of anything? There is prolly not a package for it yet... so you will have to compile it. There are times that this is a good thing and times when it's a bad thing. Honestly gentoo has the 2 bin files that I use the most... openoffice and firefox. Those are HEUGE.

The pro is debian and ubuntu I can have working in under 10 mins. And by working I mean having an os.... not working as in I know where anything is or how anything works. Honestly if you have the time... gentoo is better... if you don't, and want to do normal stuff... and don't care about having the newest or fastest comptuer... debian is a good way to go.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nixnut wrote:
Try this: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-81505-highlight-debian+comparison.html
Or use the search feature of the forums yourself :wink:



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