Off Gentoo

After running Gentoo Linux on my personal machine for several years, I’m leaving it.  Done.  Not looking back.  I’m installing Ubuntu right now.

I’ve battled Gentoo with every significant upgrade.  I like to do things the right way, but I found myself reconfiguring my wireless LAN and video card way too often.  Nothing fancy, but with every upgrade, samba broke, I could no longer print, and usually I had to figure out a cascade of failed dependencies.  It was fun for awhile.  The machine worked well, I got my hands dirty, but I’ve got better stuff to do now than dig through forums, documentation, and google trying to figure out the magic incantation to make my computer work again.  Gentoo is a great concept, and I believe that it has a place in the linux world.  In particular, it could be a fantastic datacenter management tool.

On the other hand, Ubuntu is based on Debian, my favorite Linux distro yet.  However, they appear to be tilting it more towards the end-user, focusing more on common architectures in order to pass releases more rapidly through the cycle.  So, it’s up and I’m gonna play with it.  cheers.

Summer goodness – beer fests, yoga, soccer

After hiking the other week, I found myself lacking skin on my heels, a condition which makes exercise with shoes less appealing. In an effort to keep on keepin on I found a new activity- yoga. Bright-eyed and barefoot I followed Ann to my first class, some Asstangle
or something. Halfway through sweat was just pouring off me as I struggle to go from downward dog to somehow unsuccessfully jump my feet in front of my hands. And we turned and I warriored and all that stuff. Then on Friday I tried ‘hot’ yoga. That was easier in some ways, but harder in others. The poses weren’t quite as linked together, but there was a lot more balancing, something I found that I’m terrible at. How could I now realize?

Beyond yoga, there’ve been a few really nice beer festivals. Waterfront Park hosted the annual giant Brewer’s Festival, which is fun as always (missed the last two years for soccer tournaments). I tasted a number of beers, of which my favorites were probably the Lucky Lab steam beer and the double dry-hopped pale, from Boundary Bay, I think. Lucky Lab has never topped my list of favorites, so yay for them.

Then yesterday, trotting about with N and my snappy new camera (Nikon D50…word) we happened upon the Bones and Brews event in the Pearl. I had a coupla good beers, some orange wheat that was very refreshing. I’ll need to track down the brewer, for some reason Pelican sticks in my mind but that doesn’t seem right. The BBQ was pretty good overall. Nothing exceptional, but it was definitely nice. I think it’d be great to see an amateur competition rolled in with the food booths.

On a similar note, congrats to The Church of Swinetology for a great showing at the BBQ competition in Montana. 3rd place in Brisket is pretty nice!