Gentoo: An interesting linux distribution
Posted on: Tue, 11 May 2021 04:47:30 -0000
One day I've decided to install Gentoo GNU/Linux. It is now currently running on ym laptop and I found it both very fun to use and to install. Installing everything from source is a very unique idea since it allows a huge amount of customizability which I love. Everything from the kernel to something as simple as MPD can be customized to either include or not inlude components as needed, but as a tradeoff you must give a lot of your time. Gentoo can take up to 12 hours to even install or update, but I ind it quite worth it since it pushes you to do anything else than to stay on your computer all day like me. It is also not as complicated as people make it to be.
Even though the memes about distcc float around about helping with build times, I've found it to be quite the opposite, not to mention you need to setup the arch correctly to work well on your Gentoo box. It is also vastly different from LFS from the relative ease of install and use.
Is Gentoo worth it? Totally! It is incredible to use and can offer you an opportunity to learn a bit more about Linux, how the kernel works, how to configure it, how programs are compiled etc.
Will RMS congratulate me if I use Gentoo? Probably not since Gentoo is not FSF approved. The only reason it's not is because Gentoo allows you to use non-free software as well. You can however tell portage to not use any other software except the one approved by FSF by adding a ACCEPT_LICENSES="-* FSF" in your /etc/portage/make.conf.