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Gentoo IS good for a beginner if you know tech | 282 comments | Create New Account
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Gentoo IS good for a beginner if you know tech
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 15 2013 @ 09:00 AM EDT
I bounced around distributions for a while before I first used Gentoo and always
hated that I always felt like a Linux noob/idiot. There are pros and cons with
each distro, but they like to keep you isolated from the details of how a
distribution is pieced together.

Once I tried Gentoo everything started to fall into place. You learn about each
of the pieces as you build your own custom Linux environment.

The problem is its tricky to get the smooth integration that you take for
granted from the big distros since you don't always know what you don't know :)

So my recommendation for people who want to know how Linux really works is to go
for Gentoo for a while. At first roll your own using the Gentoo install guide
and once you are successful (or once you give up), move to Sabayon. This will
help you build the most knowledge in the least amount of time. After a year
look at the other distros again and see if there is one that is a better fit.
By that time you will be prepared to use it more effectively and will be able to
better filter the good recommendations on how to solve problems from the bad.

BTW, I've never used it before, but my understanding is that Arch may be
similarly useful and doesn't have the same infighting that the Gentoo community
is known for.

Personally I love Gentoo and would love to go back, but I feel more confident
using Fedora for my work laptop.

PS. None of the distros seem to be very good at handling laptop
docking/undocking with multiple monitors. Ubuntu and Fedora both come close,
but, especially with a tripple headed docked environment, they just don't quite
make it. I'm using a ThinkPad W530 w/ 32GB ram if it helps.

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