Sunday, July 16, 2006

Losing Patience With Gentoo

I installed Gentoo Linux on my desktop at work over a year ago because I wanted to learn Linux and a co-worker recommended Gentoo since it requires you to learn a lot of lower-level configuration and doesn't have as much hand-holding as other distributions. It also uses Portage as its package management system which installs most things from source code, allowing you to heavily customize software according to your environment. Portage also is supposed to make the management of dependencies easy. With my co-worker by my side, it has been pretty easy to maintain, since if I ran into a problem, he would help me out.

Well my Gentoo-expert co-worker has recently left and I am now all alone with Gentoo. I have been able to survive okay until just a few days ago when I tried to update my X windows (xorg-x11 package) installation from version 6.8 to 7.0. I followed Gentoo's wiki page on performing the upgrade, but afterwards, my system won't boot into X. I am totally stuck. It complains about not finding some nvidia driver module.

Now I don't know if I should spend time trying to fix it by experimentation and posting on the Gentoo forums, or if I should say screw it and reinstall another Linux distribution like Ubuntu that is easier to maintain. So far 2 other people at work have been using Ubuntu and have had no problems. I have to decide soon because, without being able to bring up X, I won't be able to use the tools I need for work such as Eclipse, OpenOffice, and Evolution.

I have a feeling I will end up starting over from Ubuntu. I may even go into work this evening (Sunday), install Ubuntu, and try to get my development environment ready for tomorrow.


byaspan said...

I have heard Ubuntu is good as well. I almost installed it on a computer at home, but I decided to use the Mac OS that it came with (it was an old Power Mac G4).

gbdarren said...

No update? What did you do? How did it go?