Exciting New Stuff in the Realm of Computers

Or at least for my desktop.

I recently decided on a whim to install a new Linux distribution. Well, really, I’ve been planning it for a while, now (at least for my desktop… I think my laptop’s going to stay Ubuntu, at least for a little while longer). So, after much deliberation, I narrowed it down to between Gentoo and Debian. I decided to try Gentoo out first, because I’d heard that Gentoo was for the masochist Linux users who like to compile every program with the tiniest little optimization available, and I figured I would end up giving that one up and installing Debian instead.

However, my assumption turned out to be wrong, and I actually like Gentoo right now. So far, however, all I’ve really done is installed the thing (which turned out to be much easier than planned), and started to update Portage (Gentoo’s package manager). My main gripe right now is that it takes forever (and I mean that) to update the Portage package trees. I mean, sure this is updating a CD from last year, but still… It’s been going for at least three hours now. And that’s just updating my computer so that I can install other updates. I haven’t had to mess with the nasty USE flags or anything like that, yet, so I haven’t quite used it enough to warrant a full review. That’ll probably be saved for another entry. As it stands right now, though, I really like Gentoo, and it seems to work quite well.

Tune in later for more Linux-y goodness.

P.S.: Slackware is the distro of choice for those Linux masochists. ;P

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