Gentoo Goodness

Pushed on by Joe, Josh, Zac, and Matt, I finally decided to give Gentoo a shot. For those not in the know, Gentoo is another Linux distribution, but it's kinda different from most others. Most distros distribute pre-compiled packages, and they aren't really optimized or anything like that. Gentoo's selling point is that it downloads the source for each package that you choose to install and compiles it on the spot, with any optimization settings that you choose. This allows for a streamlined install that is custom tailored to your system. Pretty cool stuff.

I haven't had a whole lot of trouble getting things going so far… The Gentoo forums have a ton of information, which is definitely good. The interface and the internals are a bit different than Red Hat, but nothing that I can't get used to. I'm going to try it out for a while, and if I continute to like it, I'll probably end up converting my web and file servers over to Gentoo when I have like, a week to spare (compiling stuff takes a long time). Being able to download the newest source and have the system automatically satisfy software dependencies is really sweet.

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