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Distro dilemma: Gentoo or Fedora?

by psb6m / May 29, 2004 11:52 AM PDT

I'm upgrading from RH 9; I've downloaded both Gentoo and Fedora Core 2 but am dithering about which to install. I'm pretty sure installing Fedora would be easier (since I've been using RH for a long time). But I like the idea of having everything compiled for my Pentium 4 and nicely customized. And Portage sounds very cool.

So my question is (if there are Gentoo users hanging out here), how difficult is a Gentoo installation? E.g. does it do a good job of auto-detecting hardware, have support for about the same range of hardware that RH 9 handled? Are there any points where you have to get a degree in computer science before proceeding?

I don't mind learning new things, but I'm pretty busy right now and can't afford to get bogged down. All impressions very welcome.


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Re:Distro dilemma: Gentoo or Fedora?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 30, 2004 12:14 AM PDT

Disregard my red "m", but I had an issue with RH 8 and called in for support (paid for it!) It was not a good experience.

So that was that and with the next version Of Suse I went back to Suse and the issue vanished. I also have a Mandrake 9.something, but Suse seems more polished. I will pick up the Suse 9.1 soon.


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Re:Re:Distro dilemma: Gentoo or Fedora?
by GRB / May 30, 2004 9:56 PM PDT

Here's my two cents worth and that may be all it's worth. Check out the Gentoo installation instructions provided at thier web page and you'll see it's a rather drawn out affair, but from what I hear once installed worth it. I can say Fedora core 2 is great, the installation was simple, all of my hardware was detected (getting 3d to work with an nvidia card is tricky, but can be done), and once installed there are a number of ways to keep the system up2date. Up2date (being a RH user I'm sure you are aware of this one) being the first, but in my opinion not the best. Yum comes installed and is very good, I however recommend apt. I don't know much about Gentoo portage, but can't imagine it doing anything more than apt. I also run SUSE 9.1 professional and will say it is also a very good choice, very stable, nvidia 3d out of the box, but not quite as cutting edge as Fedora in my opinion. Hope this helps a bit - Gary

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