Posted by: Anonymous
on August 07, 2008 11:21 PM
"Eff yeah! The good ol' "watching crap scroll by makes me an instant linux guru" saying. In the very first post, too! You win teh intarwebz."
Wasn't what the post said, but good job leaping to conclusions! Have a silver star.
Gentoo is (was?) essentially a step between Hold-My-Hand Linux Distro X and Linux From Scratch. A good sort of "learn by doing" experience. Gentoo's installer used to be, essentially, a web page telling you how to install it manually. And it left you with a barely-functional system. Figuring out exactly what you want (with the helpful online documentation), and installing it, and keeping an eye on what it's doing ("oh, if I'm installing Amarok I need xine-libs too? interesting" "hmm, looks like it has a USE flag that I can use to cut out those features I don't use...") is pretty useful, if your mind works that way.
I'm sure you learned a lot about Linux just by installing the preconfigured, prebuilt, one-size-fits-all Ubuntu binaries through the gui, though.