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From: Kevin O'Gorman <kogorman@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-user] Goodbye, Gentoo
Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 23:30:32
1 It looks like it's time to take Gentoo off of my main machine. I feel a
2 little sad about it, or I'd just quietly go away.
4 A few months ago, an update made the machine headless -- well, it could no
5 longer bring up X but I could use the console-mode for admin, and log in via
6 SSH from my laptop and run GUI programs. I was busy at the time, first
7 deciding and then implementing my retirement, so I let it go.
9 Now, a couple of months into my retirement, I'm trying to fix things up, and
10 the latest Gentoo live disk cannot talk to my monitor at all. Whatever it's
11 trying is unacceptable to the HD monitor I've had on there for a year, and I
12 can't even run the consoles. The video card is an ATI Rage XL on the
13 motherboard. Like the rest of the machine, it's vintage 2000, so maybe
14 support got dropped. But I'm not inclined to drop the machine -- it was the
15 ballyhooed thing in Linux Journal in 2002 when I finished my PHD, so I put
16 together these pieces:
17 * Two XEON chips. I didn't know it right away but that means 4 cores. They
18 are old Pentium IV-based 32-bit chips. I got the slowest still being made,
19 so the clock speed is 1.6 GHz. On 4 cores, it's not bad at all.
20 * 2GB of DDR ECC memory
21 * about a dozen hard drives (some old, but mostly 500GB - 2TB Sata drives),
22 I feel it's still worthy of respect. Some of these are in EZ-Dock docking
23 stations and are used for rotating backups (including off-site). The main
24 directories are on hardware RAID 1 so I have ongoing redundancy.
25 * a Smart UPS 1500 for everything except the laser printer.
27 So, since I am familiar with Ubuntu from work, and have it on a couple of
28 laptops, I'm installing from the Ubuntu 11.04 live disk (video is just
29 fine).
31 The real headache is all the stuff I'm going to have to port.
33 1) Apache and dynamic (Python CGI) web site.
34 2) Postfix
35 3) About a dozen accounts that just do wget(1) data gathering triggered by
36 the cron daemon.
37 4) DNS (I run my own domain on a commercial DSL account)
38 5) NTP client and server
39 6) Whatever else I forgot I set up over the years.
41 My original reason for using Gentoo is that this machine was pretty exotic
42 when I bought it, and I wanted to be able to tweak the compiler to get the
43 most out of it. I can still do that for specific applications I'm working
44 on, but otherwise it's really a non-issue now. I have gotten pretty tired
45 of updates that take over 48 hours to compile, and the occasional mess-up
46 that once or twice led me to rebuild with empty-tree and took a week or so.
49 So I guess I shouldn't complain (and I'm not). I'm just not in the target
50 market for Gentoo any more. It was fun, though.
51 --
52 Kevin O'Gorman, PhD


Subject Author
Re: [gentoo-user] Goodbye, Gentoo Mark Shields <laebshade@×××××.com>
Re: [gentoo-user] Goodbye, Gentoo Paul Hartman <paul.hartman+gentoo@×××××.com>
Re: [gentoo-user] Goodbye, Gentoo Stroller <stroller@××××××××××××××××××.uk>
Re: [gentoo-user] Goodbye, Gentoo Marc Joliet <marcec@×××.de>
[gentoo-user] Re: Goodbye, Gentoo walt <w41ter@×××××.com>
Re: [gentoo-user] Goodbye, Gentoo Alan McKinnon <alan.mckinnon@×××××.com>
Re: [gentoo-user] Goodbye, Gentoo Daniel da Veiga <danieldaveiga@×××××.com>