So I got some new hard ware for Christmas, which I won’t review by the way for another day or too. Anyway, I was tired of my Gentoo install and didn’t want to go through the trouble of making it work with all of my hardware so I was like screw it. I’ll install something cheap, easy, and fast just to see how well this stuff works. What did I pick? Ubuntu naturally. I’ve never really been a Gnome fan, but KDE crashes so much when I use it I find myself forced into Gnome most of the time. I guess I could of went with Xubuntu, but that thought did not occur to me till just now. Which leads me to the true subject of the post. My Gentoo gripes.
- Dated Software – Gentoo is full of dated software. Unless you run a totally unstable system, almost all of your major programs are going to be yesterday’s version. If it is a major program and it is update, then odds are its a Gentoo only program.
- Stability after updates – What is it about source distributions that they break after large upgrades? I installed Ubuntu, updated 81 packages, and rebooted to a 100% stable system. Between the blocked packages and the breaking after updates I somehow find it hard to call Gentoo “rock solid.”
- Time – Gentoo takes forever! I had Ubuntu installed, updated, configured, and running smoothly in less than 5 hours probably. I mean I’m sure there are a ton of picky things I have yet to do, but still. I’d like to see someone get a fully updated, and ready to roll Gentoo setup in that kind of time. I know I couldn’t do it. If you can then I figure you probably spend to much time re-installing Gentoo.
So okay. That’s only three complaints. To me though those are three major complaints that really need to be addressed. Portage for example. Every package manager on earth claims to be faster than Portage. What is up with that? Sadly I’ve tried several other package managers besides Portage, and most of them aren’t lying. Just look at McCreesh’s blog. Paludis tromps Portage (time wise) like David whipping Goliath. Anyway, I will probably end up putting Gentoo back on my AMD64 machine. I’m anxiously awaiting the day Paludis becomes “average user ready.” The fancy developer term for that escapes me at the moment. Either way though…
Enjoy the Penguins!