I don't know if im ready...
ok ... so i have been using linux for about a month now... i have had some issue (still am with simplyMEPIS) but primalily things have been quite smooth with openSUSE ... and the little bit i have done with k/ubuntu. these are all basicly point and shoot distros as i understand. now... here is the thing... i have been looking at gentoo for a while (actually i tried installing it first back when i ended up toying with mepis and knoppix.... but felt a little inindated then) i feel like i am prolly comfortable enough to give it a shot... however i wanted to ask for some feedback...
1. how long did most people use linux before they went to gentoo... and if you started with it ... how many tries did it take to get it right?
2. considering that i do not have a LOT of extra free time to install... would you say it takes a while starting at stage 1 ... or would i be better off trying a stage 3 to begin with?
3. does EVERYONE agree that the gentoo documentation it full enough to ecompass every installation?
4. when i poked at it the first time i spent a lot of time bouncing in and out of links2 ... is it easier to maybe waste the ream of paper and ink cartridge (or better my companies ream of paper and toner cartridge) and just print out the documentation
5. is gentoo really 'better' in terms of speed and configurability
Re: i don't know if im ready...
1. i installed gentoo after lightly using FC3 for 2 months as my second OS (along with XP). It took me roughly 5 tries to get it right. Just be careful and follow the handbook and you'll do fine. I kinda rushed through it and made different mistakes each time (but i learned from each one and learned how to fix them).
2. I wouldn't know as i've only done a Stage 3 install....it took around 6 hours to have a full GUI working system up and running. (firefox, xfce, xorg as my main gui stuff)
3. I'd say it has to be one of the most well-written install documentations for a distro....it covers A LOT of basics and gives you many options based on what your needs are
4. it's probably safer to print it as, when jumping back in forth from links to the install, you are likely to make mistakes. with a paper in front of you, you can check what you typed as soon as you're done typing it. my install(s) have been with links though...one of them had trouble because i mistyped something but i recovered it early in the install :)
5. better? well....speed is regularly argued. technically, it should be faster being that it's compiled specifically for your computer but i really saw little difference when moving from FC3 to gentoo (aside from the lack of bloat). speed in regular use, gentoo is pretty good though. but the installs/updates take a very long time since everything needs to be compiled. configurability, on the other hand, is the main reason i use gentoo. i love how i have so much control over what happens and i understand what's going on. you can set use flags, say, for a burner (use flag is "cdr") and when you install programs it'll make sure to install cd-burner support into programs that may have that as an option. configurability is gentoo's biggest plus imo