Re: [linux-audio-user] A couple of questions

From: Mark Knecht <markknecht@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Sun Apr 02 2006 - 23:27:53 EEST

On 4/2/06, Jan Depner <eviltwin69@email-addr-hidden> wrote:
> On Sun, 2006-04-02 at 10:22 -0700, Mark Knecht wrote:
> > On 4/2/06, Lee Revell <> wrote:
> > > On Sun, 2006-04-02 at 18:22 +0200, Christoph Eckert wrote:
> > <SNIP>
> > > > for example, the Gentoo user mailing list is full of questions like "I
> > > > did follow the excellent Gentoo ALSA user guide, but I still get no
> > > > sound."
> > >
> > > Well, people who use Gentoo are expected to know what they are doing.
> >
> > Yeah....but many of us don't! ;-) Can't be expected to know what you
> > don't know or know what the implications are of what you don't know,
> > or even that you don't know... ;-)
> >
> I tend to agree with Lee on this one. Gentoo is designed for those
> who want to do things the hard way. Granted, it probably can help
> newbies to understand Linux a bit better but it's a tough row to hoe.
> Suse or Fedora are probably much easier to deal with. If you're a
> newbie and you're really serious about getting sound to work you're
> better off with Planet CCRMA or DeMuDi.

Actually, having run Suse, Redhat, Fedora 1, 2 & 3 and Gentoo, in the
end I found Gentoo the *easiest* to deal with on a day to day level.
Everything is available from one place and installed in one way. It's
very configurable down to compile time options for pretty much
everything. I've come to quite like it. I converted an existing MythTV
frontend machine running fluxbox to a desktop oriented machine with
browsers, flash, mplayer and Xine this weekend in a matter of a few
hours and only by running about 10 commands and walking away until it
was done. My audio machine here has 6 window
managers/environment/thingies for me to play with. NFS, Samba for
communication with my network was pretty easy.

The two real downside issues with Gentoo are the continual building of
code and the installation process. Building code is just the way
Gentoo will mostly be forever, even though today you can get a lot of
packages already compiled, but compiled on the machine will probably
always be the most stable. The installation process has been addressed
recently with some sort of graphical installer, apparently, but I
haven't needed to do a new install so I haven't tested it.

Just my -2 cents,
Received on Mon Apr 3 00:15:07 2006

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