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From: Mark Knecht <markknecht@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Possible new gentoo user
Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2006 18:38:56
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] Possible new gentoo user by Terry Eck
1 On 10/1/06, Terry Eck <terry_eck@×××××××.net> wrote:
2 > I've been a SuSE user for several years now currently running 10.0.
3 > I'm interested in giving gentoo a try with the object of converting
4 > from SuSE to gentoo. I've been looking at this list for a couple of
5 > weeks and have determined that there may be a steep learning curve
6 > on my part converting. Any words of advice on getting up to speed
7 > using gentoo before I install it.
8 >
9 > Thanks for any advice you might be able to give me.
10 >
11 > Terry Eck
12 >
14 Hi Terry,
15 I'm a non-developer, non-sysadmin, Linux-user type. I was pretty
16 scared of Gentoo when I started a few years ago. (2002 or 2003?)
17 Actually, it turned out to not be that difficult once you got into the
18 swing of things. One thing I think you'll appreciate once you get used
19 to it is the quality of the Gentoo documentation. It's really great
20 stuff and seldom leads you astray. Read it carefully and you'll
21 usually get things right pretty quickly.
23 As for installing Gentoo, since you are building most everything
24 from scratch it does take a few days the first time you do it to get
25 to a usable desktop with applications installed and running. It gets
26 faster over time but my machines always take me a day at least before
27 I'm running a browser inside of Gnome. Read and follow the Quick
28 Install guide and it will work. Use a test machine if you have one for
29 your first install.
31 Once converted to Gentoo you'll love that you never really do
32 upgrades. Just updates. Portage is really nice at keeping things up to
33 date.
35 Run stable packages (i.e. - not ~x86 or ~amd64) unless you need a
36 specific package, at least to start. In my mind there is little value
37 to running a testing package unless you have a specific problem or
38 need a specific new feature. Testing packages become stable package
39 pretty quickly so you'll have it in a few weeks anyway.
41 I must say that EVERYTHING I learned about Gentoo that mattered
42 came from the generous folks on this list. Read the docs and then feel
43 free to ask questions. Answers here seem to be the least
44 confrontational, most informative of pretty much any Linux list I've
45 ever subscribed to.
47 Get GMail or some email client that is good at threading
48 conversation. Email traffic on this list gets a bit high at time.
49 GMail makes it work well for me.
51 Keep in mind that if dummies like me can make Gentoo work, and I
52 have - my wife, my son, my 78 year old father and 77 year old mother
53 all run Gentoo now - then I'm sure you'll have no trouble at all.
55 Hope this helps,
56 Mark
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