[mythtv-users] Recomended distro???

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Tue Jan 16 18:30:26 UTC 2007

On Jan 16, 2007, at 10:19 AM, John Drescher wrote:

>> I've re-installed FC6 at least half a dozen times and am back to
>> square one with more problems... "Failed" messages on boot, etc... My
>> other box is a FC4 box that's been up for about a year now, well I  
>> use
>> the term 'up' loosely it's had some issues... since the support  
>> for my
>> PVR250's disappeared I can't add another box without upgrading to
>> newer version so maybe it's time to look for a new Distro.
> I think this is one big thing that seperates gentoo from a lot of
> other distros. With gentoo you use the install cd once for one release
> of gentoo and never use the cd ( or any other install cd) again
> (unless you really muck things up).

At its simplest installing a program on Gentoo is as easy as "emerge  
<progname>. Of course you have to wait while it compiles, and if you  
are installing something like KDE that can be several hours even on a  
fast machine. Updating everything is as easy as "emerge -avuDN world".

Of course sometimes things do not work quite so well, as the recent  
problems with non-GTK installs of Openoffice showed. Recent troubles  
with avidemux are really upstream problems, not  problems with Gentoo  

But you get a binary compiled for your precise CPU, with the compiler  
options that are best for your system. RPM and DEB systems have to be  
compiled for the lowest common denominator.

But the bottom line is use what you feel comfortable with, and let  
others do the same.

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