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re: This is a great read - thank you for writing it! I'm trying to choose between Gentoo and Slackware, but I find it hard to compare them. Any advice?
 

As I said I used Gentoo for years. It usually took me a whole weekend to install.

But back then, the performance advantages were great, and I really wanted to dial it in.

These days, I don't find it worth my time to compile everything. Optimized or not, I don't notice a day to day difference that's worth that kind of time.

My move to Arch was based on the fact that I still wanted to hand pick everything that goes into my system and optimize it, without spending an entire weekend.

That being said it depends on how often you cycle machines. If you're planning on putting together a system that you'll use the next few years, that time spent might be worth it because a Gentoo system well done is really, really solid. I just ordered an i9 64gig workstation that I know I'll use the next 5-7 years and I'm considering putting Gentoo on that one.

As far as Slackware, I haven't really used it in so long I don't have much of an opinion on it. There were things I really liked about Slackware, but package management wasn't one of them.

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