Pro/Cons on Mint vs. Gentoo?

S. Dale Morrey sdalemorrey at
Sat Dec 7 01:15:48 MST 2013

I think mint is just ubuntu without the craplets installed.  For a gentoo
rival you need to look at Arch linux.

On Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 12:12 AM, Dan Egli <ddavidegli at> wrote:

> Hey all, I'm making some plans, and one of the things I was going to do was
> to build a home server running Gentoo so I could have the basic setup, and
> nothing else. And while I've always enjoyed Gentoo, one of the things I
> have to admit that I don't like is the build time. Binary installs can be
> setup in under 45 minutes, where as it's likely a few hours, and maybe more
> for a source distribution.
> So, while I love Gentoo, I hear a lot of people talking about how they love
> Mint, and that Mint has the same flexibility as Gentoo, but is easier to
> install/configure/update. If that's the case I may have to give serious
> consideration to moving over to Mint. But I'd really like to find out a bit
> more first. As I have said before, I have used Gentoo on many occasions,
> and never had any real problems with it as long as I set my USE flags and
> my ACCEPT_KEYWORDS flags properly, and don't try to combine everything onto
> one command line. But if Mint has the same flexibility for less
> configuration time, I'd be curious.
> So, I ask those who may have had experience with both to rate your
> experience on each. How was the initial setup? Maintenance of config files?
> Updates? Package/program availability (especially in pre-compiled binary)?
> Granularity?
> Thanks, all!
> --- Dan
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