Originally Posted by chrisdoesntknow
harry, you have my undivided attention. If you could, please explain in as simple terms as possible what gentoo is built for, how hard it is to use, and how hard it is to set up on a 12" g4. imagine you're talking to your mother about it.
I love my mac, but at the same time, i feel limited and would love to experiment with a new OS
It sounds like you want to play with Yellowdog Linux, instead of Gentoo. Gentoo, itself, requires installing everything from the shell, which is the opposite of user friendly. Your best bet is Yellowdog. I tried installing Gentoo on Harry's notebook just for kicks, but stopped maybe 1/15th of the way, mainly because I got bored, mainly because Harry configures his system in his own way, and mostly because I am lazy and didn't want to plug in a network cable. It's not like I didn't know what I was doing. I remember installing Slackware from floppies back in the day, which was a lot more time consuming and more difficult than any OS I have installed. I think I pushed Harry into changing to Gentoo on his G4 lappy as much as he pushed me into going FreeBSD on my desktop machine, and maybe even on my MythTV box.
Harry, you are crazy with your ghetto "Sawfish" WM. I think I am going to try XFce, which is the slim version of Gnome, so that should be fun. I doubt Sawfish would be a good choice on the TabletPC either now, huh. For someone crying about a secondary mouse button, I bet you will barely use it to access menus in Gentoo anyway.
For people on here who don't know what Sawfish is like, think of an empty screen with a stats applet, and then opening programs up with keystrokes, and no menus at all. That is how hardcore Harry is. Hmmm. Hardcore Harry. It works.