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Mid-2012: Arch Linux vs. Slackware vs. Ubuntu vs. Fedora
Oh, well, that's handy, thanks. Though it only works after the kernel is in place, I assume, and compiling that still takes a while.
As far as I know, you just need networking, and the same version of gcc. Of course, you might need the the kernel recompiled to enable networking, depending on the setup. At any rate, the gentoo handbook has some good documentation on using distcc.
I've used both Gentoo and am still using Arch. While "speed" was really the reason to go to Gentoo (and then move to Arch as I couldn't be arsed recompiling), it has a lot of other benefits compared to other distros.
Sabayon is Gentoo precompiled, but you can emerge what you want and of course recompile some parts if you wish, and at my desktop computer is faster, but as I do like tests, I want to see Sabayon benchmarks, to see where it is faster or not than others.
on the tablet to see what flags 'march=native' will give you and:
echo | gcc -dM -E - -march=native
to get the CPU instruction sets.
Download a stage 3 tarball and extract it to a new chroot location, put the results of those commands into your C(XX)FLAGS in your make.conf, chroot, and start building your tablet system on the desktop as you normally would. When your done building everything, boot the tablet off a USB stick or something and rsync with the chroot on the desktop.