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

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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

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

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.