I am mainly using Ubuntu, which was my introduction to Linux a few months ago and I am used to the convenience of apt-get which was one of Ubuntu's featutes that was keeping me with Ubuntu. I have been getting acquainted with Entropy and especially equo install, which I find extremely useful.
I ran into difficulties with some packages, which would not work properly after installing with Entropy. eg. Alltray would not work because gconf schemas were disabled and I could not find a way to enable them. Bluez would not work, giving a segmentation fault, the solution of which was also beyond me.
Some packages, eg. pdfedit are not available from the Sabayon repository and I still have to learn and understand how to use portage and find ebuilds.
I found the small utility deb2targz to install .deb packages on Gentoo based systems.
I copy the deb to my Desktop and do:
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$ cd Desktop
$ deb2targz <name of .deb>
# mv <name of generated .tar.gz> /
# cd /
# tar xvzf <name of generated .tar.gz>
# rm -fr <name of generated .tar.gz>
After installing the alltray.deb package this way, alltray started working, as did bluez. Pdfedit was even reflected in the main menu.
However, I am now concerned whether this method of installing software has any detrimental effects on the Sabayon system, bearing in mind that the packages are not being compiled from source, essentially having been created for Debian based systems.
I have also noticed a substantial difference in package sizes. For example the virtualbox-bin package is more than 160Mb from the Sabayon repo, while the Virtualbox .deb package from the Sun website is only about 35 Mb.
Any guidance here would be greatly appreciated. I don't want to mess up my new Sabayon system.