On Wed, 25 Jun 2003 08:33:01 -0700 Johannes Graumann <email@example.com> wrote: > Hello, > > This might be a provoking question but I was wondering whether anybody on the list had tried Gentoo Linux ... I get the impression that the custom compiling done through this distribution might be the right thing for the limited resources of a laptop? > > Please let me hear your opinion! My laptop is a six-year-old (or so) P120 with 32M of memory. Compiling everything on that machine would be *INSANE*. It would take weeks. It's only got a 1.6GB drive, too, so there are a number of things which just couldn't be compiled, period. In those low-resource environments where scratching scratching out a 2% gain in performance makes a difference, you won't be doing it on that box to begin with. So a framework that allows one to easy compile packages and transport them to another machine (like apt-src) is occasionally useful. As I understand it, Gentoo does not offer such functionality. However, even so, it's not worth my time. Things are perfectly fast on it, if I chose my apps carefully. (Netscape 4.7x or Opera or elinks for web browser, Sylpheed for mail, and everything else in an rxvt+Screen window).
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