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Bye bye Gentoo

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I never thought I would write this, but it's true. I've retired from Gentoo. It's been a fun ride, I've made many new friends and thankfully few enemies. But our views no longer follow the same path. This is not a snap decision, I have been thinking about it in the back of my mind for a few weeks now.

Why am I leaving? Well, my view of Gentoo has always been about choice. You know your USE flags? Well, you choose them. Choice. It's a good thing - it makes Gentoo a very powerful distro. I'm leaving because I'm being denied lack of choice with the underpinnings.

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It’s that shining time of year again where Gentoo Devs stop being sane mature people and start acting like 5 year olds. It happens every year (sometimes more than once) and it amazes me that people who are normally quite sane and rational beings can throw it all away and throw hissy fits at each other.

Here is a hint: Not everyone gets along all the time. Shit happens, people say mean things, grow a pair (balls for men, I guess breasts for women, who knows*) That being said, we tend to have to work with people whom we don’t always hold in the highest esteem. Dealing with your fellow man (or woman) is an important life skill and I find it difficult to believe that we have a large faction that just lacks the ability to do so.

That guy is such an *asshat* (and so are you).

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