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Re: [edlug] Gentoo

Sounds like a plan, it doesn't look like there is any problem installing it on my 1Ghz PIII RH8 server and AthlonXP 2200+ FC1 desktop and letting them cooperate with the Celeron to do the compiles. Should speed things up nicely. According to distcc homepage you don't need to have the same OS or anything installed which sounds good. I'll give it a try.


On 21 Jan 2005, at 09:55, Colin Shorts wrote:

Why not try using distcc instead of swapping out the hd, which may throw up more errors than it's worth (different motherboards, chipsets etc).

I've read cases where people use it for compiling applications for _really_ slow machines like 486's, only using the 486 to serve files to the other machines in the compiler farm.


Shane Sturrock wrote:
Yeah, yeah, I know, very late to the party and all but I have to say how impressed I am with Gentoo. I've been experimenting with an old Celeron 500Mhz with 128MB trying various modern distros to see how well they behave and frankly, they are all awful. I have tried Fedora 3, SuSE 9.2 and MEPIS and they were all dog slow. So, I thought I would give Gentoo a go and see how well it copes. Well, it is really surprisingly fast. This is with the 2.6.10 kernel and I have just finished compiling KDE 3.3.2 and it all works pretty smoothly. The compile did take over 24 hours for kdebase mind you so it is not for the faint heart. This is one reason I ended up going for a stage3 i686 install rather than trying the stage1 install. I'll give that a go next maybe via installing the drive in a faster machine, do the install optimised for the Celeron and then put the disc back into the old box.
Anyway, just thought I would say that it is really nice to be running a modern distro on a machine that is now six years old. A bit more RAM and it would probably be very servicable. Nice.
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