Re: [R] Linux Distribution Choice

From: Neil Shephard <>
Date: Tue 21 Feb 2006 - 11:35:25 EST

I thought I'd add my vote for Gentoo, which has been my distro of choice for some time (although Slackware is very good as well, and teaches you a lot about *NIX in general).

The main advantage of gentoo is that updating is very easy using the portage system (as pointed out by jon butchar), but unlike other distributions which have packages which are compiled for generic x86 architechtures, you get one that is custom compiled to your architechture and with the options you want compiled in (throught the USE flags). This is the point that Alexandre Santos Aguiar was making.

Its a little more complicated to install the say Ubuntu where you just drop the disc in the CD-ROM and point and click you way through, but the documentation is second to none, and is extremly detailed. In addition the forums are really useful as well (although you may want to use Google to search them as the default search engine isn't that brilliant).

If you were to go with this option then I would recommend writing your own script for installing packages (again from source). An example of one that I have written can be found at

This way all the packages are installed from source and custom compiled as well.



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