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I have been a Gentoo user for many years and I definitely recommend it. The system is very flexible and powerful and most importantly has some of the best documentation, especially the install guide, that you will see.

One of the biggest reasons I went to Gentoo years ago was the package management system and the fact that I don't need to have separate "developer" packages installed in order to compile a simple utility.

I'm not a programmer either BTW, I'm a Plumber, and Gentoo is the best for me. I used Slackware for a year or two before that and even though it's a good system, I think its outclassed by Gentoo.

When your done with Gentoo, try FreeBSD it's great too, and very similar to Gentoo in a lot of ways. ( Like the init.d system )

Have fun! I'd also recommend you use a separate HD for this as each system will work best with their native partition and filesystems.
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Lol, I was thinking about installing Gentoo on my Atom netbook - is it safe to take sleeping pills for 3 days?
I run Gentoo on an atom netbook but I didn't compile on it. In fact I don't compile full Gentoo systems anymore. I have a few root images of working systems that I copy to the new partition, slap on a bootloader and be done. Generic systems take less than 10 min to install

If I want to run a major update I export my root over NFS and compile on my desktop machine.

My installs aren't optimized for the exact architecture they run on but I prefer portability.

The truth is I've been thinking about trying Arch on the netbook but I haven't had a block free time to learn a new distro.
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I run Gentoo on an atom netbook but I didn't compile on it. In fact I don't compile full Gentoo systems anymore. I have a few root images of working systems that I copy to the new partition, slap on a bootloader and be done. Generic systems take less than 10 min to install

If I want to run a major update I export my root over NFS and compile on my desktop machine.

My installs aren't optimized for the exact architecture they run on but I prefer portability.

The truth is I've been thinking about trying Arch on the netbook but I haven't had a block free time to learn a new distro.
Ah, if I went Gentoo it'd have to be compiled specifically for the CPU - I couldn't sleep at night otherwise, lol

And, cross-compiling scares the bejesus out of me. I'm not 100% sure of chroot jails, they seem like voodoo magic, lol
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