@kura @nichii I gave Gentoo a shot. I actually love it for its documentation that is possibly only 2nd to Arch's. I loved portage. It was very straightforward. Only reason I went back to Arch was the compile times on Gentoo. It took more than a day and a half and was still compiling Firefox... I'd probably use Gentoo if I could find a way to at least mitigate that issue.
@apaperez @nichii get a decent cpu (never had that issue on a modern one). use compiler caches (drastically reduces recompile times). use appropriate gcc flags (more specialized flags, especially on gcc, is faster compile time). check your USE flags (the less you USE, the less to compile). check for distributed compiling (if you have multiple machines. examples are distcc and icecc/icecream).
@kura @nichii I had it running with a KDE Plasma DE. I have a somewhat generic quad core intel cpu with 8gb of ram on the machine I tried it with. I followed the wiki to set something to perform multiple jobs based on how many cores I had. I set that, but to no avail. I recently tried an install of Calculate Linux to see if it would create the file any differently. As soon as I have some time, Ill give it another shot. It does require lots of time and patience.
also, if you change your march or mtune flags (I suggest march over mtune. Read the 2 links there) you should recompile gcc twice.
You run a stage one gcc.
When u compile gcc first, it creates a stage 2 gcc (optimized gcc with generic code gen)
you compile a second time, you get stage 3 (optimized gcc with optimized code gen).
not sure if the ebuild does it on its own now. check the log output if it compiles twice.
@nichii I will never recommend Windows 10 for anybody's personal use. If they have some niche program that they need Windows 10 for at work or something, then my recommendation is moot. If I were to recommend Windows 10, I would be partially responsible for whatever Microsoft does to that individual. Data mining, etc...
@apaperez Yeah, Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare. I would never recommend it to anyone. I only use it to play games not available on linux and that's it. I don't save any personal information or files on there.
If someone needs a program that only runs on Windows, it's worth trying to get it to run in wine. If it doesn't work, a virtual machine is always an option.
@nichii Yeah I try to have a Windows 7 vbox for like printer drivers that only work on Windows. You know to actually set the printer up. Getting it connected to wifi and what not. I don't have a very high end computer for games so I just play the classics, Doom etc. I install them through steam-wine and then use source ports to run them. Works for me to keep me entertained.
Its GNU/linux, linux is just a kernel, etc
@Reznik I talk to my friend about Linux and she wasn't all that interested at first, but things are changing. She's getting sick of Windows' crap and has mentioned that she may want to switch to Linux. If I can get even one person to give Linux a try, I'll be happy.
I use Manjaro and I've tried Debian and Tails. I didn't like Debian very much, but Tails is good. Not so much for normal daily use, but great if you're doing sensitive work where privacy and anonymity is needed.