When comparing Gentoo Linux vs RemixOS, the Slant community recommends Gentoo Linux for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux distributions for an old machine?” Gentoo Linux is ranked 17th while RemixOS is ranked 34th.
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Pro Full control of the software
Pro Portage's emerge is powerful
Pro Can be officially systemd-free
Gentoo's default init system is OpenRC. Gentoo also officially supports systemd-free Gnome and udev. Users are free to choose any init system they want.
Pro Great for anyone who is serious about learning the intricacies of Linux
It's useful for both beginners and professionals. For the installation, Gentoo offers various types, which are referred to as stages. Basically meaning how in depth you would want to go into the process of installation. For beginners it's useful to choose for a starting distro due to its various stages that can be very time consuming but beneficial as you learn the composition in general of Linux.
There are many architectures available for Gentoo : i386, x86-64, PowerPC, PowerPC 64, sparc, DEC Alpha, ARM, MIPS, PA-RISC, S390, IA-64, sh, m68k.
Pro Documentation and community are second to none
Provides a whole handbook to refer to during setup and usage.
Pro A very large collection of software is available
There are more than 19.000 packages available in the official repository. And even more with overlays.
Pro Gentoo does not impose a standard look-and-feel
Pro Live USB
Pro Fully customizable
The usage of advanced features like USE flags makes it more customizable than any binary distribution.
Pro Can by optimized to any given CPU by using proper compile flags
Since everything is being built on your PC you can tune the code to make use of your CPU.
The simple fact that its a real operating system, and not an emulator, means that you can use it without emulator related slow downs.
There's never as good a price as a grand total zero dollars, and that is exactly what this will cost you. That means that if it does not work, if your not happy with it, or if you just cant afford buying an operating system, you can still get RemixOS.
Pro Google services
The latest version of the Remix OS downloaded for it's official website comes with the Google play store, etc. When you are booting up he latest version of the OS it's asks you whether to enable or disable Google services... You can choose whether to enable or disable according to your needs.
Con Not beginner-friendly
You have to read a lot of instructions to start, even if you are familiar with Linux.
Con Customized package installation can take a long time and cause installation failures
The Gentoo package management system allows you to configure what compilation flags packages should support - i.e. specific processor flag support (SSE, SSE2, etc.), -O1, -O2, -O3 optimization, etc.
If you accept one of the default flags, Gentoo downloads binaries from the server. However, if you decide to optimise, it can and will download all source packages and start compiling allthe programs and libraries on your system. If your chosen flags don't work with a particular library, installation will fail.
Con Has no live images with graphical interface
Full installation is hand-made with a CLI (Command-Line Interface)
Con Since everything must be compiled it takes a lot longer to update
And if you have to update the kernel or some heavy software like Chromium it can takes hours if not more on weaker hardware.
Con No Google Play Services
Google play is the biggest go to for mainstream android apps, so it can be quite disagreeable not to have it out of the box.
Con Still in beta
As of March 2016, RemixOS for computers is still in beta, meaning that some things might not work.
Con Problems with Nvidia cards
Many people seem to have problems loading React OS with nvidia cards. This may be due to maxwell driver issues.
Killed off in 2017 by it's creators, it is no longer in development.