Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 12th Jan 2008 20:32 UTC, submitted by Excel Hearts Choi
Gentoo Daniel Robbins, original creator of the Gentoo project, offers a solution to fix the recent leadership crisis at Gentoo: "I have received permission from my employer to return and serve as President of the Gentoo Foundation, renew its charter, and then work in some capacity to help to get Gentoo going in the right direction from a legal, community and technical perspective."
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I hope this works out
by Adam S on Sat 12th Jan 2008 21:31 UTC
Adam S
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2005-04-01

Nothing against anyone in the Gentoo camp, but when Robbins ran it, it was the Ubuntu of its day. If Gentoo wants to continue to be relevant and not just a niche system, I think Robbins is the best guy for the job.

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RE: I hope this works out
by sbergman27 on Sun 13th Jan 2008 00:34 in reply to "I hope this works out"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Nothing against anyone in the Gentoo camp, but when Robbins ran it, it was the Ubuntu of its day.


What? It might have been the easiest of the source based distros, but it was still the sort of thing that you waited for a three day weekend, for which you had nothing else planned, to try to install. Hardly "the Ubuntu of its day".

I can recommend Ubuntu to nontechnical users. I would *never* have even considered recommending Gentoo.

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RE[2]: I hope this works out
by Morgan on Sun 13th Jan 2008 02:15 in reply to "RE: I hope this works out"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I may be wrong, but I'm fairly sure he meant "the Ubuntu of its day" in reference to the strong community and overall popularity of the distro back then. Certainly, it was the distro you went with if you wanted source-based control without the needless headaches of "roll your own" or the various obscure source-based distros out there.

And think about this too: Would Ubuntu be so great, so powerful and so easy to use if it wasn't for the unprecedented community involvement with the project? The users truly do make the system what it is, and whether you like Ubuntu or hate it, the user base helps to make it a good distro all around.

While I don't run Gentoo myself (I've recently converted to OS X for the second time), I sincerely hope that it can come back into the mix stronger and better.

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RE[2]: I hope this works out
by DigitalAxis on Sun 13th Jan 2008 04:39 in reply to "RE: I hope this works out"
DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

On the other hand, when things get confusing and technical, I've seen links on the Ubuntu forums to Gentoo documentation.

Someone suggested in a previous article that they thought Gentoo would become the launching point for a thousand distributions due to its amazingly flexible nature... I'd say their documentation has been their real gift to the Linux world.

Edited 2008-01-13 04:43 UTC

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