Does it make sense to try to install / maintain a gentoo system in a vm for learning more about Linux?

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    Gentoo could provide a different perspective on how a Linux system can work compared to Arch, but if you’re going for different, then something like NixOS, Clear Linux, Fedora Silverblue, Ubuntu Core, or the aforementioned Buildroot is arguably going to be better because they provide more strongly differentiated perspectives compared to Arch.

  • nix

    Nix, the purely functional package manager

    Gentoo could provide a different perspective on how a Linux system can work compared to Arch, but if you’re going for different, then something like NixOS, Clear Linux, Fedora Silverblue, Ubuntu Core, or the aforementioned Buildroot is arguably going to be better because they provide more strongly differentiated perspectives compared to Arch.

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  • buildroot

    Buildroot, making embedded Linux easy. Note that this is not the official repository, but only a mirror. The official Git repository is at http://git.buildroot.net/buildroot/. Do not open issues or file pull requests here.

    Gentoo could teach you more about what is involved in dependency handling and actual ‘construction’ of a Linux system. But Linux From Scratch is a much better teaching tool for learning this, and even things like Buildroot are arguably better than Gentoo for this because they generally force you to care about a lot of the stuff that Gentoo hides away to make the system nicer to use.

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