Ok so first things first. Gentoo is really just hot garbage wrapped in… more garbage.
Here are a few reasons why:
- The LiveCD is mostly worthless.
- Installing must be done in a certain manner or you waste hours of time compiling.
- If you install via the reccomended manner, you end up with an out of date system.
- “emerge -U world” breaks your system. How the hell am I supposed to be able to use this heap o’ garbage if I can’t update the system (see #4)
- The minimal install CD is usable only by someone with a 98 page manual in their hands.
- I’m NOT kidding! 98 pages. I wont bore you with a link.
- Gentoo does not support one of two things which are not working by default:
- ATI Video Card
- Nvidia Video Card
- After some hours of research, the “proper” way to update the system is run these commands:
- emerge sync
- emerge -uDpv world
- emerge -uDv world
- emerge -pv depclean
- emerge -v depclean
- revdep-rebuild -av
- revdep-rebuild -v
- EIGHT COMMANDS! I’m done with Gentoo for quite some time.
I’m back to running Ubuntu right now. It’s a temporary solution because I was unable to burn a CD from a LiveCD.
Someone suggested on Digg that I give Slackware a try. I think I should do him one better and try Solaris x86. But I know for a fact that I can’t get past the bootloader because my cdrom drive is Serial ATA and will not work – period.
I think the next Linux distribution in my path is going to be … PCLinuxOS. A LiveCD with heavily touted hard drive installation based on Mandrake.