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The New Gentoo

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 9:23 am on Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I don’t keep up with releases of new Linux distributions really. If I did then I probably wouldn’t have time to write on this blog, but I noticed that Gentoo was released on Sunday the 6th of July (http://www.gentoo.org/news/20080706-release-2008.0.xml) I’ve never been a big Gentoo guy, I’ve dabbled with it but it never really caught my attention. I think it may be time for me to revisit Gentoo, at least in a virtual environment to check it out again. I do have a need for a small footprint, easy to maintain and expandable operating system. I have been using Slackware for simplicity and small footprint, but it is not the easiest to maintain or expand. Gentoo on the over hand can be configured well, updates easily and is pretty expandable through portage and emerge. The only thing that concerns me is the compile time, often the reason I want a minimal installation is for a project that has to run on less than adequate hardware. Using Gentoo rather than another distribution could be a problem since it seems like it takes for ever to install by copying and extracting files, let alone compile them.

Anyhow, have fun with the new Gentoo!





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Comment by Tim

July 13, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

wow…gentoo is still alive. i gave up on it back in 2005 or something. originally it was sort of novel that a linux distro was managed from source, similiar to freebsd ports. ultimately though it got to be too much and i moved to debian/ubuntu, which has a much better package management system imho.

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Comment by Owen

July 13, 2008 @ 8:19 pm

Yea, Gentoo is still around, it has a large base of users and now a new release. I still haven’t tried it yet, but it is still on my list of stuff to do.

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