Linked by Smith Johnson on Mon 7th Jul 2008 01:08 UTC
Gentoo The 2008.0 final release is out! Code-named "It's got what plants crave," this release contains numerous new features including an updated installer, improved hardware support, a complete rework of profiles, and a move to Xfce instead of GNOME on the LiveCD. LiveDVDs are not available for x86 or amd64, although they may become available in the future. The 2008.0 release also includes updated versions of many packages already available in your ebuild tree.
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Gentoo vs. others
by Al Dente on Tue 8th Jul 2008 17:56 UTC
Al Dente
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2006-09-12

I was excited by Gentoo because I'm a long time UNIX guy. I remember reading about Jolits port of BSD to the i386 and firing up PCs running 386BSD and the crufty per 1.0 versions of Linux. I'm used to getting down and dirty with source code.

After a week of installing Gentoo on an old PC I still had multiple things that didn't quite work right. I fixed a few of the problems but there were still a few more things that just weren't quite right. I'm sure I could have fixed them but I asked myself why I was going through all of this when there were so many distros that install in an hour and generally everything works on the first try.

Philosophically I like the idea of a source distro that builds and optimizes itself for your specific hardware but I decided this approach was more bother than it was worth. I tried Vector Linux and was super impressed. It seemed just as fast as Gentoo (Gentoo might have been faster with a stopwatch but Vector felt just as fast). Bit everything just worked with no tinkering. Since it has been a while I'll probably try Gentoo again.

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