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Monday Jan 29, 2007

Gentoo Linux: hot or not

In Gentoo Linux on server considered harmful Slasdot references a post on the story of an internet startup (weblog), which triggered some discussion on the Gentoo Forums.

As I'm maintaining a small Gentoo park at home (1 server, 2 desktops and a laptop), I immediately checked out this material, but largely disagreed with the issues raised in the post as well as the comments:

  • Does it really matter that it takes some time for your packages to compile? Typically, I let large packages build during the night.
  • Large uptimes don't exclude regular updates, as is shown by the uptime of my server:
    07:11:24 up 237 days, 18:13,  1 user,  load average: 0.06, 0.03, 0.01
  • Gentoo is meant for people who know what they are doing, but this should be the case anyway when running a server!
  • Last but not least: after struggling for years with RPMs, I felt the Gentoo way of managing dependencies and updates was a revelation. Morover, thorough documentation on almost anything is abundant.

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