Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 7th Mar 2006 01:37 UTC, submitted by Valour
Gentoo "It's been a while since I last reviewed Gentoo Linux because there haven't been too many significant changes in the past few releases. I've been using it as my primary desktop operating system for a year and a half, though, and I've been running my main Web/email/database server on it since October of 2004. There's a reason why I've stayed with it that long, both as a desktop and server OS - and there's also a reason why I'm writing a review of the 2006.0 release after a long hiatus from Gentoo reviews." More here.
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release engineering is lopsided
by hollovoid on Tue 7th Mar 2006 02:15 UTC
hollovoid
Member since:
2005-09-21

what ive found about gentoo, is that not every group of maintainers is all that dedicated to thier port. some things suffer behind for many months after other distros have moved on (and this is even on ~x86 so I shudder at what stable is at) and the weakly supported projects keep other things that are stable otherwise hardmasked, because they dont support the old, outdated software that the maintainers have failed to keep current. I love gentoo and all, but they need to boot off and ask around more when a project starts slipping, and get it caught up and tested more.

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dimosd Member since:
2006-02-10

what ive found about gentoo, is that not every group of maintainers is all that dedicated to thier port.

Yes, and it's a pitty. A few years ago Gentoo meant getting the latest and greatest software on your desktop all the time, now even Debian testing does a better job in some cases. I think Gentoo has been falling behind for some time now, too bad because it's my #2 favourite. But I am sure they can get back on track with a bit of reorganization, like Debian did.

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beandog Member since:
2005-10-05

"Yes, and it's a pitty. A few years ago Gentoo meant getting the latest and greatest software on your desktop all the time, now even Debian testing does a better job in some cases. I think Gentoo has been falling behind for some time now, too bad because it's my #2 favourite. But I am sure they can get back on track with a bit of reorganization, like Debian did."

The *real* problem (which anyone who jumped on the dev channels or mailing lists would see) is that the ratio of packages to developers is always growing, as users want more, and less people are volunteering.

If you don't like things the way they are, give them a hand. They really do need it.

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flabbah Member since:
2005-11-27

I have to agree with hollovoid - I think my biggest problem with gentoo lately is that they have not hit a sweet spot on the "bleeding edge" vs stability curve. Many packages are out of date, and not necesserily stable either. I wonder if Gentoo's usage of gcc 3.4.4 is the result of old packages not being kept current enough to cleanly compile with gcc 4.x. They just upgraded gcc to 3.4.4 a little while ago, while Fedora Core Test 5 is using gcc 4.1.0. My Ubuntu Breezy install has fresher packages, and it was released many moons ago!

Edited 2006-03-08 05:12

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