Jonathan DeMasi on 29 Jun 2009 18:49:54 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Source-Based Distribution Recommendation

Well - You can find me on FreeNode as jthan (I idle in #gentoo, #ubuntu-us-pa) and I'd be happy to provide feedback if you really wanted it.  I have tried Gentoo in the past, but I had poor luck getting it all to work with my hardware, and I lacked a lot of the knowledge necesary to properly use it, I think.  This time around I'm loving it and have everything working the way I want for the most part.

Jonathan DeMasi

On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 9:46 PM, Richard Freeman <> wrote:
Jonathan DeMasi wrote:
> While I do not have any experience with those distros, I am a new Gentoo
> user of only a few weeks.  I was just curious why feel that the quality
> of the distro has gone down?

The politics level certainly has gone up of late (then again, maybe that
is just because I follow gentoo-dev more than I used to).  I'm not sure
I can really say that quality has dropped.  Perhaps the level of
innovation has gone down a bit, but stability has tended to rise.  I
can't remember the last time that some upgrade required massive
system-wide rebuilds to keep things working, or that an update made it
impossible to reboot.  In the more distant past those sorts of things
were more common.

I think that if anything Gentoo has settled down and has become a bit
mundane.  Maybe that's a good thing, maybe it is a bad thing.  In some
ways it still is ahead of the curve - such as in USE flags which let you
tailor your system quite a bit more than on other distros.  Gentoo is
also close to implementing OpenRC (available in test) which has some
chance of becoming the standard for init scripts.

On the other hand ubuntu has become the "default" distro these days and
just about every open source instruction provides lots of docs and often
package files for it.

If you avoid the politics on gentoo-dev I find it is still a pretty nice

I'm certainly interested in feedback on the distro from "ordinary" users
- I'm actually a gentoo dev (rich0 - part of the amd64 arch team and I
maintain a few odd packages).
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