claudecat wrote:Main benefits of both for me are more fine-grained control of the system, and NEVER having to reinstall. If you care to learn, you can more easily tailor Arch or Gentoo to YOUR needs than you can a preconfigured live-cd style distro. In my experience both run significantly lighter on resources than the big-boy distros using the same DE and gui settings (using KDE in my case). Arch and Gentoo are also the "rollingest" of the so-called rolling releases - in most cases you'll see updates literally within hours of the upstream release. As mentioned, you only need install them once, and yes, they are both a pain to install, but updating is really easy once you learn how. You do need to keep an eye on the forums/mailing lists for potential problems.
Sabayon, while simple to install, is different than Gentoo as it uses precompiled binary packages, and it will not upgrade the kernel without extra effort. Not as true a roling release in that regard at least. Arch can be installed relatively easily using distros like Archbang or Bridge, which come in live-cd form and are completely compatible with the Arch repos. Well worth a try even for the novice. Gentoo is really a dive into the deep end though... not for the faint of heart!
mmix wrote:i am using funtoo/clfs/snowflake, so i can give some hint.
automated/already built package doesn't works always, sometimes, it failed, it failed enough to newbie/user can't use the distro anymore.
manually build package or source package distro is DIY-style, when problem occurred, user know what he/she should do.
plus system-upgrade is my way, not their way.
just my 0.002 cent.
cwwgateway wrote:People say that, for example, when you install Gentoo, you compile everything, which "optimizes it" for your hardware. Honestly, I don't know what that means. I do understand that with Gentoo and Arch you get to customize everything, but at what point does that actually significantly differ from a distro like Sabayon with a graphical installer? There obviously is a good reason to use them (or people wouldn't go to the trouble of installing them), so I want to know what that reason is.
$ echo | gcc -dM -E - > generic.txt
$ echo | gcc -dM -E - -march=native > opti.txt
$ diff generic.txt opti.txt
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