Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Why I am Making the Switch from Gentoo to Kubuntu

Filed under
Gentoo

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am an advocate of Gentoo. Linux ricer? Sure, why not, I live for those minute speed advantages. I also, perhaps masochistically, prefer building every package from source, and compiling kernels built just for my machine. Portage, when I first started using Gentoo, seemed like a good package management system. I was familiar with FreeBSD's ports system, and this was similar, so it was a smooth transition. The way Gentoo and portage functioned as a whole allowed me to keep a minimalist linux install, while providing all the tools I needed for whatever task.

Why, then, am I dumping Gentoo, and for kubuntu of all distros? In a few short words: Portage, lack of direction, outdated support, and a few other issues that are not as signifigant that I will mention below.

Portage

Ah yes, Portage. The almost essential tool to pull in dependancies, update packages, and for all around maintenance of your box. In theory. Portage is a joke in functioning properly. Without citeing specific sources, and speaking from my own personal experience, these are the most common issues I've had with Portage:

More Here




Also:

After long time using Gentoo distribution (since June 2004) , I decided to try another distribution. I think one of the reasons I'm lefting Gentoo may be because I'm getting older and I'm not getting fun anymore of tweaking it.

So, after some time trying to find another distribution, I decided to try Ubuntu Gutsy (7.10) Wow!! It is working perfectly! Just the way I wanted and it is super fast! Awesome!

Bye Gentoo... Welcome Ubuntu

More in Tux Machines

digiKam Software Collection 4.3.0 released...

After a long bugs triage, we have worked hard also to close your reported issues.. A long list of the issues closed in digiKam 4.3.0 is available through the KDE Bugtracking System. Read more

Seneca College realizes value of open source

Red Hat has done a lot of work with CDOT, lately specializing in Fedora for ARM processors. Pidora, the Fedora Linux Remix specifically targeted to the Rasberry Pi, was primarily developed at CDOT. Another company that we have been working with lately is Blindside Networks. They do a lot of work with CDOT on the BigBlueButton project, which is a web conferencing tool for online education. NexJ is a Toronto-based software development firm that has worked with CDOT on various aspects of open health tools on the server side and integration of medical devices with smart phones. We have recently started working on the edX platform, where developers around the globe are working to create a next-generation online learning platform. Read more

Today in Techrights

Initial impressions of PCLinuxOS 2014.08

I spend more time looking at the family trees of Linux distributions than I do looking at my own family tree. I find it interesting to see how distributions grow from their parent distribution, either acting as an extra layer of features which regularly re-bases itself or as a separate fork. New distributions usually tend to remain similar in most ways to their parent distro, using the same package manager and maintaining similar philosophies. When I look at the family trees of Linux distributions one project stands out more than others: PCLinuxOS. Read more