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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2002 3:14 am    Post subject: 56k Reply with quote

I am a debian user interested in switching to gentoo but I was wondering how suitable gentoo is for a 56k dialup . I realise that when first setting up the download would be big (that is for a guy with a internet connection like the one I have :lol: ) kde X etc. What would be the on going (weekly) download for a typical desktop . Also does portage support resuming. thanks
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2002 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

im gonna be installing using 56k as well, to do this you either need to d/l all the sources and the portage tree beforehand, or setup a network that has a router connected to the net via your 56k. And yes you can resume incase you get dropped
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PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2002 9:48 pm    Post subject: 56 k Reply with quote

I installed gentoo on a 56K modem using a dial up gateway that I had set up on my other linux box. It worked great, just that it took a long time. But I am up and running now with two gentoo boxes. One box is configured as a gentoo router/dial up-gateway and the other is running as file server, database server (Oracle 8i), and web server.

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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2002 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weekly downloads can be as much or as little as you'd like. Sign up for the gentoo-announce mailing list, it's low traffice and will tell you about big bugs and/or program changes. You don't have to rebuild stuff like X or KDE anywhere near frequently - I've been going months without having to rebulid X (well, except for when I screwed it up and couldn't fix it :)

There are options to use something like prozilla, but even the default wget resumes.

I doubt there will be much difference between how much you were updating your debian desktop and what you will be updating your Gentoo desktop.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2002 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Benefit of gentoo is that it uses the source packages, so for a simple bug fix you don't have to download a huge file only the patches, the main source is already in /usr/portage/distfiles. So for big packages with little new realises, like X, its better than a binary based system where you have to download the whole package again and again and again for a small fix. The downside offcourse is a longer compile time, but well life ain't fair at least your linux is compiled for your specific processor
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