[ILUG] Which Distro ?
bigbro at skynet.ie
Wed Oct 6 14:53:44 IST 2004
If you're trying gentoo - have a look at
It's a stage 1 install right from start to finish, including the times
it took me. Should be a LOT faster on your hardware.
I found the documentation for the initial install fairly unhelpful (and
sometimes wilfully obstructive) - though I think they have improved even
in the few months between my install and now :-) Thankfully I had some
helpful gentoo heads in ILUG to help me.
I've set up a couple of gentoo boxen now and find them most
satisfactory in their role as headless servers in a non /
If you want X, games, office applications, etc. I would suggest not
using gentoo as a huge quantity of time and disk space will be spent
compiling - both for the initial installation and for later updates and
I myself find RedHat most satisfactory for my desktop machines and
workstations (and servers) - and FC2 is a huge leap over RedHat9.
Installing apt-for-rpm means you can use the apt package management
toolset of debian to manage your redhat RPMs, which is a huge timesaver.
But as the debating will no doubt demonstrate to you - a Linux distro
choice is very much a matter of personal choice (and a little bit of
what happens to be closest at hand at the time :-) )
Hope this helps somewhat.
Robert Kiely wrote:
> FRLinux <frlinux at gmail.com> wrote:
>>How valuable is your time in terms of installation/compilation.
> Well I was thinking of doing a stage1 install of gentoo because I really
> like the idea of custom compiling for my particular machine and I want
> to learn as much as I can about linux, so, being honest compiliation
> time doesn't really matter to me. I was even thinking of trying to use
> distCC to get my other machine to help cut down compilation time
> (it runs OpenBSD 3.5). I would like to try ubuntu at some stage but for
> the moment I going to stay with one of the mainstream distros. (I plan
> to build a LFS system someday.) Anything else I should be considering ?
> Robert Kiely
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