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I think it's great for new users that really want to learn Linux (and not just set it up as a desktop replacement for Windows). Much like installing NetBSD on really weird platforms, you'll learn a TON about the OS by setting it up for the first time from the documentation, which you wouldn't learn by pointing and clicking from pretty interfaces. You learn because YOU are setting up the configuration files yourself.
Once it's setup, it's pretty much like any other Linux, except you get the neat BSD-like ports system.
You simply go to the directory of the software you wish to install in the repository, type a command, and the ports system will grab the latest version, make sure you're up to snuff with dependencies, grab all the files it needs, and get everything working for you with the best options for your system.
There are slight differences between the BSDs and Gentoo, but that's the basic idea.
[edited by: bakedjake at 6:15 pm (utc) on Nov. 28, 2003]
I'm seriously considering this, I'm runing Fedora at the moment and am well impressed but I'm a control freak as far as linux goes and I want to run the most bleeding edge system I can for the pure fun of it ;)
It does take quite a while to build. I'd recommend starting the bootstrapping build (stage 1 to 2 progression) before you go to bed. I remember it taking about 2 hours on my PIII/1200.
You should try FreeBSD, too. ;-)
The partition is probably done on single user mode while on a ramdisk; in that case the hard drive is not being used at all, but check it anyway with a 'cat /proc/mounts'.
Sooo...my comment in that thread that I wouldn't use it was wrong. Every linux system I've set up in the past few months has been Gentoo. Guess I can go back and eat my words now. :)
May i ask what CFLAGS are you using? It should make a big difference when you're compiling everything on your own. I have this:
'-O2 -mcpu=i686 -march=i686 -fomit-frame-pointer -felide-constructors'
but a friend recently told me that gcc 2.x was sometimes making programs run slower with -O2 than with -O1.
I'm using gcc 3.3 though and was wondering if there's anything like that with it.
Do you mean the colours behind the terminal window? If so then it's a setting to allow you to make it transparent, it's on a sliding scale so you can set exactly how opaque it is. Looks to me in the screenshot like they have made it totally transparent and ditched the window borders too.
One of the best places for info is in the Gentoo forums too (forums.gentoo.org), you can find out pretty much anything you might need to know in there. And it would seem that yes, WineX does work.