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Discussion on: Which Linux distribution is your favorite and why?

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Damir Franusic • Edited

Gentoo is sort of special distribution that is intended for people with masochistic tendencies and is perfect for developers. My current install has been working perfectly for around 10 years now. I have even started using it on embedded systems like ClearFog and when you get used to cross compilation quirks(hell), you get a perfect 200Mb distro which can easily be moulded to meet your requirements. I am biased since I'm a big fan of Gentoo but I must admit, there were times I just wanted to do this:
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Damir Franusic

Oh yeah, and when you ignore emerge sync and forget about updates for more than a year...then it's more like this:
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Ben Lovy

Hah, my record is like two months and even that was a little annoying. At that point I'd probably just start from scratch, it'd likely be a comparable time commitment...

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Ben Lovy

Totally with you on cross-compilation. The Pi project was...non-trivial. But it worked, eventually ;)

I still have nightmares about qemu though.

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Damir Franusic • Edited

I don't use it so much, not needed unless you want to run arm binaries on x86. I used to do a chroot and run/compile in qemu emulation but that was dreadfully slow. Now I just cross compile and do the following before I run arm 32bit binary on my 64bit x86.

export QEMU_LD_PREFIX=/usr/YOUR_ARM_ROOT

I also have Gentoo induced nightmares, you're not alone ;)
Gentoo hell