Been quite busy in the last couple of weeks. What kept me busy? Family being on vacation, my backyard landscaping project, and wiping Arch from my laptop with Gentoo….
I had no clue what was really Gentoo before wiping my laptop clean. Like with any major learning, the easiest way to learn is to just dive in and practice until you understand enough.
This is a learning experiment, so I’m not sure if I will keep using Gentoo after this.
I can tell that so far, I’ve achieved want I wanted: Being productive on my laptop again. Since I’m using this laptop to write this blog, you can imagine that this put a pause to my posts :-).
This post will be about what I learned, and also about the learning journey. There are plenty of quality guides, references, videos on Gentoo, I’m not going to repeat too much there.
On the OS front, I started with dos, win 3, win95, then switched to Slackware, Debian, Ubuntu and Arch. I still actively use Debian (server), Ubuntu at work, and Arch on my home desktop/laptop.
I sysadmin my lab, also code and deploy to Linux and Unix since I started using Linux.
In the recent years, I’ve been transitioning my desktop to Arch to get more recent software, and I run Debian on my servers.
Lets start with my background: I started coding when I was 8yo and I’m now 44. I’ve worked on so many things, languages, OSes. I experimented, broke many things, fixed and learned so many things and I still keep learning. I do think that anyone successful in this field should have curiosity, courage to try new things, and constant habit to self improve things. If you stopped learning, you probably don’t do enough.
Gentoo has a lot to give for someone who likes to understand and thinker with things. So I think it may be the perfect match for me.
In a nutshell, I want to learn something different that I can shape to my liking.
About 1 month ago, I tried to learn Gentoo without much success. In this case, I just installed it in a VM. What was wrong? commitment! I was doing nothing useful on the VM, so I lost track and beside the installation, I did not learn much.
How to fix commitment?
Lets wipe my current working setup, and get started with Gentoo!!!
I believe booting was the most difficult part of the whole installation. Some reasons of failures:
The good thing about it, I practiced base install 3 times :P
Here are some random learning on Gentoo
Was it worth it? Hell yeah!
Will I keep using this on my personal laptop? Most probably, unless it comes to a point of always breaking (which is totally not the case). Also, I cannot justify spending another couple of days yet to go back to Arch when I can do everything on Gentoo.
Will I use this at work? Most probably not, hard to justify the compile time, but at home, it does not really matter. Ubuntu or Arch are better options.
Now I’m back with a working blogging setup, you can expect more posts in the next few days.
This is day 11 of my #100DaysToOffload. You can read more about the challenge here: https://100daystooffload.com.