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Discussion on: Au Revoir, Gentoo - Sell Me A New Linux Distro

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Ben Lovy Author

I hadn't thought about that. I'm running precompiled Gentoo on a raspberry pi right now (and plan to for the foreseeable future), and it's a great solution there, but it's perhaps a little too static for a desktop system. I will inevitably want to make changes and apply updates, which just puts me back at square one.

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dm17

Surely there's a way in Gentoo to use precompiled when you want and still have access to the normal config options...

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Ben Lovy Author

Yep, absolutely, and it's more configuration and (likely, in my case) trial and error. I'm a little burnt out on tailoring Gentoo, I guess.

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Yes, but after all these years your Gentoo config should be pretty dialed in by now, right? And these days you can basically 'emerge world' in the background while you're working, right? I'm not really clear on the problem, but perhaps you're a convert to the climate change religion - in which case you should probably use something like ChromeOS. The globalists would prefer you have everything in the cloud.

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Ben Lovy Author

Not sure why you're getting abrasive and political about this, I don't really have a response to that part of your comment.

Yes, when my system works, it works well. It's still held together by years of my own configuration, and when I decide to make changes, there is a chance I break something and it's not always clear what the fix is. There always is a fix, of course, it's Gentoo. I am at the point that when I do run into an unclean merge, I am frustrated that I have to then go digging to resolve it. Maybe it's a problem with my expertise, but it's happening right now - some update recently introduced some ABI incompatibility that's at odds with some hardcoded change I made years ago, and undoing the change caused more problems, so now I need to dig to find the source of the issue into order to get a clean merge. It's not a huge problem, for now I'm ignoring it and just not merging some updates and my system works fine, but it's annoying that I will eventually need to fix it. I don't want to play the game anymore on my work OS, just on side projects (like the Pi).

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iz0t0p

Chrome OS is modified Gentoo

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Ben Lovy Author

Yes, but tailored to this specific web-focused use case. It's not a replacement for a general purpose OS, even though it's built from Gentoo's meta-distribution tooling, and I don't think the suggestion was made in earnest.

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dm17

Maybe a reinstall is due. I haven't had to mess with anything since I started using Docker for questionable stuff. Meaning stuff that I thought might mess with my system in unforeseen ways.

Your views might be the reason you find my reply abrasive. I don't think I can be accused of making it political when your article says it is "ecologically irresponsible" - that's political. This happens often when someone says a strong (and what I believe to be an ideological) political view... And if anyone opposes it, then they get accused of "bringing up politics." Trying to divorce technology and politics completely is impossible.

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Ben Lovy Author • Edited

The globalists would prefer you have everything in the cloud.

Replace "irresponsible" with "wasteful" and its an even more objective observation, and a very secondary point here. Before this thread, your only other comment is some crap about "globalists" and political correctness in an unrelated thread, so it's hard for me to believe you're commenting in good faith.

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dm17

Wasting electrons? Wasting your money on energy? I don't think compiling software from scratch is absolutely wasteful. Energy neither created nor destroyed. Quantifying how Gentoo affects a desktop users energy bill would be a challenge to do fairly.

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Ben Lovy Author • Edited

Sure, it's nuanced, and probably interesting to dig deeper in to. My point is that's not really my point here at all, maybe it was a mistake to even mention that at all in the OG post.

You're probably right, a re-install would help me with today's frustration about my Gentoo install, but I don't think Gentoo has to be the be-all, end-all of my Linux experience. I'll always have a Gentoo install around, and appreciate it for what it is, but there's lots of tools out there.

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dm17

Gentoo's stage3 builds & funtoo.org seem like good options + that reinstall.

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Ben Lovy Author

I go back and forth on funtoo. I ran it for about two years but eventually ended up back on Gentoo. It's got some cool ideas, but I'd prefer to stick with where the brunt of development is focused. Maybe when I learn a lot more about software I can try again and be a more active participant in the distro's development, I hope it stays around for a long time.

As for the reinstall, I keep a SystemRescueCD flash drive around, that's usually all I need to start fresh.

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dm17

I will still have to try it to recommend it, but maybe having an immutable workstation will reduce your issues. Someone here mentioned Silverblue, but Darch can do the same with Gentoo, Arch, etc.

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Ben Lovy Author

Yeah, for sure. It's not something I've spent much time looking in to, but does seem like it would address my problem from the limited understanding I have.