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gentoo gripes

Gentoo is annoying me. It's the distro I run on my desktop PC, and what annoys me about it is its tendency to cause things to break after routine software updates. I spent some time yesterday evening trying to get X working, which it hasn't done in many weeks. The solution seemed to be the removal of ~/.Xauthority, and possibly the removal of some lines in /etc/security/pam_env.conf. But before I could even think of tackling that problem, I faced another: upon reboot, many of the important device files in /dev/, including hda3, did not exist. Mild panic. Googling turned up the fix: emerge devfsd. So things more or less work now, pending printer setup. I just have to keep remembering to set mutt_dotlock's sgid bit each time mutt is upgraded, because the ebuild doesn't do it automatically. I'm increasingly tempted to switch to Ubuntu, if it weren't for all the little problems that would inevitably turn up in the course of the change.

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fireba11
Oct. 12th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
I've been running Ubuntu on my laptop for some time now, though it does seem to have some issues. If I knew anything at all, I could probably get it sorted-out, but alas... my skillz, ain't.

Thus, I ply you with the promise of unending tea -- in addition to the stuff I was gonna' send you home with the other night, but forgot. Sound good?

princessleia2
Oct. 15th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
what annoys me about it is its tendency to cause things to break after routine software updates

I used Gentoo without these problems for about 6 months, then in the fall of last year things started getting bad. I'm not sure if there was a shift in developers to those who don't test their code before realeasing updates - some of the config bugs were really trivial, as you mentioned. Or if it had always been like that and I was just lucky previously.

It took me a while to switch away from Gentoo, because I hate reinstalling my whole system and I don't have a lot of time for it. But I'm back on Debian now, and loving it. I even managed to install and configure it from scratch entirely by myself, which made me quite proud %D
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