Rich Freeman on 29 Dec 2015 11:33:29 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Topics of Interest for Gentoo Talk

On Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 2:20 PM, LeRoy <> wrote:
> On 12/29/2015 01:35 PM, Rich Freeman wrote:
>> I'm going to be doing an intro to Gentoo talk in each of the venues
>>  over the next few months and I wanted to solicit any
>> questions/topics that everybody would like to see addressed.
>> If there is something you'd be interested in seeing me cover, just
>> let me know.
>> Otherwise I'll aim to try to give a sense of what Gentoo is all
>> about, and its strong/weak points as a distro.
> Gentoo and Arch are similar thou they use different package systems.
> I think that it would help a lot of members to dwell on the
> installation since there are no complex ( easy to use ) installation
> utilities like Debian based systems.

I actually cut out a lot of installation-related content that I used
in a previous talk.  I don't think it really was the best use of time
and I always tend to run over anyway.

I get that installation is one of the big initial hurdles for Gentoo,
but doing a real walkthrough with any kind of commentary at all is
going to kill an hour by itself.  I routinely install Gentoo with
fairly little hands-on time, but there is a big difference between
doing it, and explaining it.  The nature of Gentoo also involves a
fair bit of downtime while the install is running.

I will say that the Gentoo and Arch install procedures are similar,
and that just makes sense since they both use the same approach.
Really it is no different than what most other distros do, except that
you're the one typing in the command lines vs having it hidden behind
an installer.

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