Re: [linux-audio-user] FC2->Fc3->Fc4->Fc5->FC6->FC*: it's crazy!

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Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 8:49 pm

On Wed, Nov 15, 2006 at 06:39:33PM +0000, Rob Fell wrote:

* occasional major system upgrades (eg. major version of gcc or glibc,
or the modular x.org transition) take a lot of time to compile
since you may have to rebuild pretty much everything at least once.
and in some cases a fair amount of fixing outdated config files.
These are rare. Only really a problem if something fails part way
through and you have to figure out how to proceed. Yes, that's happened
to me. I've always found a solution on forums.gentoo.org.

* occasionally dependencies get wedged where you have to remove
a package before an upgrade, finish the upgrade, then reinstall the
thing you removed.

* the etc-update script isn't particularly user friendly (but god
it's a million times better than having no help at all)

* changing your mind about architecture is a pain. I built my current
amd64 desktop with everything compiled 64-bit. Mistake. I haven't
switched back yet because I haven't found the time to back up my data
and start over. Normally people don't have that problem... I should've
paid more attention before starting this particular install :)

* occasionally you stumble on a bug where foo version X is incompatible
with bar version Y but the ebuilds haven't been updated to avoid
that problem yet. this means a trip to the search bar on
forums.gentoo.org to find a workaround.

* the gentoo proaudio ebuild is a bit bleeding-edge and occasionally new
stuff doesn't work right away ... people are pretty on top of it though,
it's a lively community.

* I've still not found a no-hassle way to set up a roaming laptop.
When I go somewhere new I end up using wifi-radar to see what's
available and then end up manually configuring the new access point.

That's about it. I've been mostly happy with gentoo for a couple years
now. Upgrading does eat a little more of my time than I'd like,
but I have never used a distro where that wasn't the case, and
at with Gentoo there's a lot more control over what you
do and don't get installed.

--

Paul Winkler
http://www.slinkp.com

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Re: [linux-audio-user] FC2-&gt;Fc3-&gt;Fc4-&gt;Fc5-&gt;FC6-&..., Denis Alessandro Altoe Falqueto..., (Thu Nov 16, 3:17 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] FC2->Fc3->Fc4->Fc5->FC6-&..., Paul Winkler, (Wed Nov 15, 8:49 pm)
Re: [linux-audio-user] FC2-&gt;Fc3-&gt;Fc4-&gt;Fc5-&gt;FC6-&..., Joseph Dell'Orfano, (Wed Nov 15, 3:38 am)
Re: [linux-audio-user] FC2-&gt;Fc3-&gt;Fc4-&gt;Fc5-&gt;FC6-&..., Joseph M. Gaffney, (Wed Nov 15, 1:32 am)
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