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I have installed Gentoo again, using the x64 tarballs this time, and it was even more frustrating this time, but I finally got everything working and a very good looking desktop to boot. I am running a 2.6.39-rc6 kernel from kernel.org that I can re-install with genkernel all if I need to change anything to get the hardware working. 2.6.39 has much greater speed and responsiveness for the desktop compared to the 2.6.38 kernel included with the Ubuntu 11.04 distribution. Maybe the 11.10 release will have more speed but Ubuntu is getting slower compared to the 10.4 and 9.10 releases.
We need to concentrate on more speed for the Linux desktop and a less confusing default desktop that is more like Windows, so new users will need less re-training than they would to use the Unity desktop. If Gentoo can be very fast running the Gnome desktop why is Ubuntu getting slower? Is it due to all of the Mono applications that are included with the distribution or is it just the way the distribution is put together? Sure Ubuntu is far easier to install, but it has less games available in the repositories compared to Gentoo. But check out these games.
I have installed Gentoo again
[obligatory]So, how many days did it take to compile everything?[/obligatory]
I jumped the Ubuntu ship a while back and went back to my own distro of choice, Slackware. These days it really bugs me what Ubuntu is doing with the default user experience. Unity is, IMO, an interesting experiment but is also too big of an ideological shift. Then the speed of Ubuntu is, again IMO, mostly due to all the social networking features they're trying to hook into the desktop and how everything gets connected.