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September 02, 2018 — Jesse Harris

I've always used GNU/Linux distributions on my machines at home sing 1997. A brief list of the distributions I've used:

  • Slackware
  • RedHat
  • CentOS
  • Fedora Core
  • Ubuntu
  • Fedora
  • Raspbian
  • Gentoo

Currently, I'm using Gentoo on a few different machines and as an operating system nerd, it really ticks the boxes.

Many people who have used Gentoo in the past eventually say that maintaining a Gentoo system is fun at first, but that they have different priorities and want an 'OS' that just 'works'.

Knowing everything about a system is part of the joy of Gentoo. Think of it not as a distributioin, but more as a distribution kit. You get to make your own distro.

Aside from that, I used to run Raspbian on my Pi's but now run Gentoo on that too.

Here are the things I can do in Gentoo:

  • Connect to my work vpn
  • RDP to work machines
  • Use Citrix Receiever to connect to our Citrix environment
  • Use Snaps, to run the latest userland software (like teams for linux)
  • Compile the latest ffmpeg to use new video encoding tools
  • Contribute in the form of ebuilds e.g. snapd

For what I do with the raspberry pi, check out my raspberry pi post