Another Gentoo "magic moment" (And an Ubuntu installation...)

Installed Ubuntu Dapper Drake on Soni's machine last night. Install was very simple and seemed to work well. The hard-disk settings application didn't work, and the partitions were all mounted in a weird spot (/tmp) and mounted with NTFS rw, which seems a little dangerous. We didn't figure out how to disable that, but we started a little late.

On my laptop I've been seeing an annoying effect where the dhcp would have to time out on on the net.eth0 interface before booting would continue. Combined with a dhcp server at Soni's that sometimes takes 60 seconds to respond, I wound up with a very slow boot. I'd futzed around with it a bit every once in a while, but had basically just resigned myself to slow boots.

Apparently during the last emerge -avuDt world, however, it got fixed. Network resolution is backgrounded while XDM is brought up, so I can actually use the computer while it's mucking about with setting up the network in the background. Yay Gentoo magic.


  1. Shawn Wheatley

    Shawn Wheatley on 09/01/2006 10:24 a.m. #

    What have you found to be the big differences between Ubuntu and Gentoo? I've been using Gentoo for a couple years on a server, and I just installed Ubuntu on my desktop. What do you like/dislike about them? I'm esp. interested in your experiences with Gentoo on a laptop. Compilation of packages on a server isn't a big deal for me (it's always running) but on the laptop I found it to be a chore.

  2. Mike Fletcher

    Mike Fletcher on 09/01/2006 1:03 p.m. #

    I've only used Ubuntu for a total of about 20 minutes, so I can't claim to be able to do a real comparison. I run Gentoo on all of my machines, and as a backup on my sister's laptop.<br />
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    I find the compilation on the laptop works very well. I just plug the laptop in, set it in a corner and tell it to update itself, by morning it's finished and I pick it up and walk off with it.<br />
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    Biggest problem with Gentoo is the occasional situation where a huge core change (e.g. the multilib change) is made that requires far too much effort to accomplish cleanly. It just annoys me when I have to actually think about how to upgrade the system... it should just do what needs to be done to be upgraded... but oh well.

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