Posted by: Anonymous
on July 17, 2008 06:58 PM
A few points...
1) Nice overall review, but it this is the third review for Arch 2008.6 that has failed to review the package I'm mos interested in - Arch Build System (ABS). Everyone already knows about pacman, but most people aren't even aware that ABS exists. I'd like to know a little more about it before I consider switching from Gentoo.
"How come? I thought all linux distributions uses linux kernel, right? There is nothing superior there, kernel is just kernel. You just failed to setup it right. You have to know what hardware you have and what are all those options in kernel."
I think that's the point you're missing. You don't have to set up Ubuntu, nor do you have to know what hardware you have (which isn't as easy if you're running a recent motherboard). With Ubuntu, it just works. I'm not advocating for Ubuntu, but I understand where he's coming from.
3) Gentoo's documentation is good, but I wouldn't dare call it one of the best. It's a tad bit unorganized, and would greatly benefit from some centralizing of information. Secondly, I've always failed to understand how dealing with Stage 3 tarballs makes you "learn so much." Granted I'm not new to Linux, but I learned a minimal amount at best, and most of what I learned is only useful on Gentoo, because other distros have better configuration methods. I love my Gentoo installation, but I'm honest enough to admit that had I not already been familiar with Linux, I probably would have just quit out of frustration.
In other words: Gentoo is great if you want to learn how your system is put together - pending you already have a significant amount of Linux knowledge.