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mijenix
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

because:

  • awesome community
  • customiziation (USE features)
  • works as expected
  • package dependencies
  • control in general
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Maxxx
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because i want to learn very well linux system and with Gentoo i'm learning it very well... moreover Gentoo is very suitable and fast in my old computer from 2006 (i installed it in a removable disk of 2004 because my internal HD is damaged)... and the other reasons:

- very friendly community that helps you
- operating system very stable
- configuration capabilities of system
- personal satisfaction in knowing use

It fascinate me and I would like in the future to contribute to its development, although I know it will be almost impossible :D
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maxxx,

Maxxx wrote:
I would like in the future to contribute to its development, although I know it will be almost impossible

You probably have too narrow a definition of development then.

Development is not only writing ebuilds and/or code.
It includes documentation, the wiki, posting on the forums and so on.
As I write, you have a post count of 70. I suspect others will have already followed some of your threads. That means you have already helped them.
That's a part of development too.

Keep in mind that "an expert" is someone who knows more that you do.
That means you are already an expert to users who are following in your footsteps.
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khayyam
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeddySeagoon wrote:
Development is not only writing ebuilds and/or code. It includes documentation, the wiki, posting on the forums and so on.

NeddySeagoon ... agreed, though not everyone is granted the moniker, or takes those contributions as having a similar weight.

NeddySeagoon wrote:
Keep in mind that "an expert" is someone who knows more that you do. That means you are already an expert to users who are following in your footsteps.

It's derived from the latin expertus, past participle of experiri, to try. I don't think, as you suggest, everyone is an expert to someone, it's more an emergent property of communities/practice, and as such isn't localised. If you understand (to some degree) the term "expert" then at some point past you've rubbed shoulders with a group of language wielding primates, and tried to acquire the meaning of their expression, having done so you're probably one of them now, who knows ;)

best ... khay
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Neddy!!!!! Glad to hear you

Thanks for your consideration... I already knew that i can contributing in other things rather than writing or develop ebuilds, but for now i'm not able to respond to most questions of forum. I always look at them.
Now i'm reading a book which talks about Linux in general: - kernel space, user space, system call, daemon, bash, network, etc... now i'm at the point in which talk about Bash shell and its commands.
This arguments aren't about writing programs, although I would love to learn this but i haven't more time for do it.
For now I set myself to learn well linux work, then will see... a step at a time.
I just hope to always have this curiosity and this desire.

Hi
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Maxxx
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

however with my gentoo I have avoided buying a new pc, I just bought a new monitor 22 inches and it work at 1920 x 1080 resolution and i'm very happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maxxx wrote:

- very friendly community that helps you


imho Gentoo's greatest asset.
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minsoehan
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Gentoo because of
- Profile
- USE Flags
- OpenRC (I feel Gentoo is more reliable because it has its own init system, OpenRC than the others with non-Systemd without their own init system)
- Stability
- Performance
and of course
- Satisfaction
- Customization
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have moved to Gentoo last week and I am extremely satisfied from it.

One of my main motivations toward it was to... "finally get Gentoo!" :) About 10 years ago I got my hands on Linux for a first time. I was playing around with Slackware, Fedora Core, SuSE and others, trying to find the one for me. I heard about this distro that allows maximal configuration of the system. I was very curious about it and I decided give it a try. Since I was a Linux beginner that time, things didn't go very well. Stage 3 install wasn't in my plans at all as I had no Internet connection at home to access the handbook, so I went with CD version. I got it setup but I ran into several issues with hardware and compilation was taking forever (despite my good-for-those-times 1.8GHz Celeron CPU). Ultimately I ended on Fedora Core (and then Fedora) for a few years until I switched to Mint.

During that time, Gentoo was coming back to my mind from time to time. I think I tried to setup it a few times thorough the years but hardware issues were always killing all my motivation. When I finally got Internet access at home I read more about it, learned that it is a system for advanced Linux users and I said to myself that with my actual skills Gentoo is not for me.

Over the years I was using Linux on my personal computer and I was getting more and more experience. I actually turned into Linux-lover and even my wife ended up with Mint on her laptop (she loves it!). Through the last 3 years I started to help and then to manage on my own a bunch of servers at my company, so I quickly gained more deeper knowledge about Linux (as well as FreeBSD). Some time ago Gentoo came back to my mind again. With my actual skill-set I have decided that I must give it a try. At first I was thinking about setting it up on a VM, but over time I noticed that I never can find time for it... so a week ago on Saturday totally spontaneously I decided to setup Gentoo on my laptop that I use for work. I bought a new HDD, connected it to my laptop through SATA-USB cable, and I began setup using stage 3 tarball from my Mint :)

I thought that getting Gentoo setup is going to be a big challenge, but... well, it turned out everything went pretty easily. While I ran into many problems during system configuration there was nothing that would not be described in the Gentoo handbook or the wiki. Getting my laptop production-ready actually took two days without a sleep, but it was an awesome journey through the system and it was totally worth it :)

The answer to "why are you using Gentoo" question is... because I love it! :) Maybe it's way too premature to stay this after just a week relationship, but this is really what I emotionally feel about this OS.

The things that put me in love are:
- ability to learn so many new things about the way Linux works. getting my computer production-ready already taught me enormous amount of knowledge
- ability to configure everything exactly the way I want, not the way a distribution packager wanted to
- USE flags! The ability to get software compiled without unnecessary elements is really great. During setup I got a little too obsessive and started "equery uses" on a bunch of packages I was going to install :)
- performance. getting things configured and compiled the way I want is really stunning. my gentoo boots in 12 seconds and I still believe it could get faster if I would configure kernel with more focus.
- portage. wow, I was really stunned when I learned and used it. and the amount of packages available as well as their recent versions is amazing.
- documentation. The Handbook is beautifully and clearly written. Soon I discovered Wiki pages and amounts of information found was simply crazy.I found answers to all my questions there.
- community. I have found Gentoo has very lively and nice community. I have just created my account to become a part of it :)

There will be certainly more and more things that could be added to that list as I will discover Gentoo more. Those things are things that I experienced so far during my one-week adventure.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AdamScheller wrote:
I have moved to Gentoo last week and I am extremely satisfied from it.
...

There will be certainly more and more things that could be added to that list as I will discover Gentoo more. Those things are things that I experienced so far during my one-week adventure.


Welcome to the community, Adam!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AdamScheller,

Welcome back. We knew you would come one day :)

All that keep us going is the thought of just one more emerge.
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