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Jason @JaseEW

@BryanLunduke a few years ago I decided to give Gentoo a go on a pentium 2 thinkpad 600e I had

If only I could remember where I put the laptop , as it may have finished compiling now...

@JaseEW @BryanLunduke I was chatting away in one of the IRC channels and I remember a quote that made me giggle like a village idiot... I actually kept it:

18:23 < Censored> gentoo has its uses for 2 things: a) getting rid of excess power in case of nuclear power plants b) keeping idiots busy

@JaseEW @BryanLunduke I'm running gentoo on an old netbook with a 1GHz Celeron processor and it actually works. Took only 3 days to install!

It's also very fast (apart from compiling ;)) and uses almost 50% less memory than Manjaro on an empty xfce session (160 vs. 300 megs). So gentoo on an old laptop is not that bad idea.

@BryanLunduke @msum

cool

surely in realworld usage terms this means you need 3 equal laptops

one to use
one to recompile for updates
one for spare ready to use incase if a failed recompile issues or failure of in use laptop

and alternate evey 3days ? (or recompile period )

seem to remember Firefox taking quite some time to build from source too

sourced based operating systems apps have their place , like ubuntu does ,just not on my machines lol

@JaseEW @BryanLunduke
I put gentoo on a old hp netbook with a dual core atom processor (pretty sure it was single core with hyperthreading though as both cores where always 100% usage even with the lightest workloads), it took 3 weeks to compile and after my second reboot I lost bash, bash just disappeared, not on the machine poof! so I had to boot from a USB and copy some precompiled bash binaries to fix gentoo.
I then removed gentoo because emerge wouldn't work correctly.