I am not complaining about why experienced technical users use gentoo. I am saying that not many do. Most experienced technical users dislike gentoo because they see that is has no benefits, and have already been using superior systems for years. Don't get me wrong, I am sure there are a few experienced admins using gentoo, but its certainly not any more than other distros. Claiming that gentoo attracts experienced technical users is simply wrong, it attracts new linux users who think they are getting something special with gentoo, it repells experienced technical users who realize gentoo doesn't offer anything that's not available elsewhere in a more convenient system.Clay wrote:If you are going to complain about why experianced (technical) users use gentoo, at least understand the reasons first.
You can keep lots of linux distros up to date with a simple command, and even do it using packages the distro creaters compiled for you so you don't have to waste time. Gentoo is not special in being kept up to date, and its package management isn't special either, BSD people have had the same thing for years, only with the addition of binary packages as well. Arch linux seems to let me keep up to date with just a simple command, and yet it doesn't involve several hours of compiling for no reason.
Keep in mind, there are benefits to compiling software yourself, namely that you can compile it with optional features/etc. But gentoo needs to pay more attention to the BSD ports tree: where you can compile the stuff you need to, and use binary packages for the stuff you don't need to. And its simple and easy to compile custom binary packages yourself on a seperate machine and pkg_add them on hundreds of machines. Gentoo has totally ignored the advice of experienced technical users who repeatedly told the developers what is wrong with gentoo and why it is unsuitable for a server environment. That's not how you attract experienced technical users.