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I think that I'm at the point in my linux experiance where I need to find a system that really pushs what I've learned. I heard that gentoo is a good system for this and have tried to install it before. Okay so whats my problem / question. The last time I installed gentoo it booted up and got to a shell but from there when ever I tried to emerge anything I just got problems. So I gave up and went back to Suse. Well now I'm thinking to give gentoo another try and my question is, is gentoo worth all the time need to make install it. I mean is gentoo really the best Linux system out there?????

Well, I wouldn't give it the tag "Best linux system out there", it's all a matter of preference, and what it's best for exactly.

Many people in the Gentoo community swear by the fact that you can fully optimize your system the way you want. Well, i ran Gentoo for a long time, and to be perfectly honest, I never noticed any real performance increases with using that over binary distributions like Debian or SUSE.

However, that being said, Gentoo was one of the first distributions i've used where it felt like it was built for me. Everything just worked the way it was supposed to, and I only had the packages installed that i wanted. Now, i know this can easily be done with debian and a net install, however, debian felt so cold and heartless.

Gentoo is a great learning distribution for sure, not even to just install it, but try browsing the gentoo forums, it's a massive wealth of information, and a great way to learn new things.

I've since found Ubuntu, which I feel takes the best points of Debian and best points of Gentoo. it's got debian's package manager, debian's ease of install/upgrade, but gentoo's heart. The ubuntu community is really similar to the Gentoo community, they'll help you with anything and everything. Really friendly and kind.

So, back to the original question. Is Gentoo worth it? In short...yes. In long, you'll learn a lot about your system without being spoonfed. You have lots of choice with Gentoo, it's a really great distro. The only reason why i'm not running it anymore is because of personal preference. However, I firmly believe that everyone should try out Gentoo for a fair amount of time. I ran it for about a year.
IMO, Gentoo is pretty awesome. Binary distros like Mandrake are great, but they have a tendency to install quite a lot of unwanted stuff. Gentoo tells you exactly what it wants to install as dependencies, and why it needs to.

USE flags are also quite cool. For isntance, if you dont want IPv6 support, then you dont need to compile it in. On the other hand, if you DO want IPv6 support, then you can compile it into every package that supports it just by editing your use flags. If you dont have a soundcard (eg on a server) you can compile things without support for sound.

If you're looking to get experience with the shell, and jsut general system maintenance, compilation etc, then a stage3 install is probably the best way to go. IF you really want to get your hands dirty, then go for stage1 or 2.

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