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Exherbo Over Twice as Stable as Gentoo: A Totally Objective Study

Potential users often ask whether Exherbo is stable. To test this, I decided to reinstall everything on my Gentoo desktop and my Exherbo laptop. The results are as follows:

For Exherbo:

Summary of failures:

* net-misc/neon-0.28.3:0::arbor: failure
* dev-perl/IO-Socket-SSL-1.17:0::arbor: failure
* sys-apps/upstart-0.3.9:0::arbor: failure

Total: 390 packages, 387 successes, 0 skipped, 3 failures, 0 unreached

For Gentoo:

Summary of failures:

* sys-devel/flex-2.5.35:0::gentoo: failure
* sys-apps/coreutils-6.10-r2:0::gentoo: failure
* sys-libs/glibc-2.9_p20081201-r2:2.2::gentoo: failure
* dev-util/dejagnu-1.4.4-r1:0::gentoo: failure
* sys-devel/automake-1.9.6-r2:1.9::gentoo: failure
* dev-python/numeric-24.2-r6:0::gentoo: failure
* app-misc/g15daemon- failure
* app-misc/g15mpd-1.0.0:0::gentoo: skipped (dependency '>=app-misc/g15daemon-1.9.0' unsatisfied)
* dev-libs/boost-1.35.0-r2:0::gentoo: failure
* dev-libs/xerces-c-3.0.1:0::gentoo: failure
* dev-libs/xqilla-2.2.0:0::gentoo: skipped (dependency '>=dev-libs/xerces-c-3.0.1' unsatisfied)
* dev-util/bzr-1.12:0::gentoo: failure
* dev-util/mercurial-1.0.2:0::gentoo: failure
* media-video/mplayer-20090226.28734:0::gentoo: failure
* www-servers/lighttpd-1.4.20:0::gentoo: failure
* x11-wm/compiz-0.7.8-r2:0::gentoo: failure

Total: 833 packages, 817 successes, 2 skipped, 14 failures, 0 unreached

From this highly objective and totally fair study, we can conclude that Exherbo ~arch is 99.2% stable, whereas Gentoo ‘stable’ is merely 98.1% stable. This, alongside Exherbo’s worryingly disappearing lack of documentation, is an unfortunate trend that must be corrected before things start to get out of hand. I look forward to breaking everything at the earliest available opportunity.


7 responses to “Exherbo Over Twice as Stable as Gentoo: A Totally Objective Study

  1. Mark Lee March 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm


    I work with some Gentoo developers maintaining the Bazaar-related ebuilds. I’m a bit curious as to why bzr 1.12 failed on your Gentoo reinstall. Could you paste a build log somewhere, if possible?


  2. dav_it March 11, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I guess you’re joking ciaran :)

  3. Anders Ossowicki March 12, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I’m sorry that I have to increase your worries but the IO-Socket-SSL test failure (which was caused by an outdated certificate) was fixed tonight :-)

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