Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Apr 2010 18:37 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Gentoo This blog post details how the Gentoo Developers have added a "deblob" USE flag to remove any non-free code within the Linux Kernel. Its goal is to "remove binary blobs from kernel sources to provide libre license compliance". While we're at it, Kernel News has an in-depth look at Gentoo Linux.
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RE: What's Gentoo like today?
by Morgan on Fri 30th Apr 2010 22:41 UTC in reply to "What's Gentoo like today?"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

Maybe it's just me, but I learned a ton more from the Linux From Scratch project than from Gentoo. All Gentoo ever taught me was arcane flags and three-day build sessions just to end up with a non-working system. LFS on the other hand, taught me what a kernel is and how to compile it, what the boot procedure is from start to finish, and what all those arcane directories under / are for. Not to mention, I actually managed to get it built and self-booting within 48 hours.

All that said, I have great respect for the Gentoo team and all they have accomplished.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

I have never tried LFS, but several years back I was a heavy user of Gentoo and I really did learn helluva lot of Linux and its internals. It wasn't always an easy and smooth ride with Gentoo, but having to figure out why something doesn't compile properly and then whip out one or another patch for it sure did teach me a lot.

I once even went so far as to create a fully-working Gentoo livecd where you could actually install and compile software (though the changes were all stored in RAM and would be lost when rebooted). Was a great experiment ;)

That said, I am glad Gentoo is still going strong. I'd love to go back whenever I can afford a multicore PC, but with this single-core one it's just too painful to compile everything.

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

What's your flavor now?

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