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Linux "Gentoo Linux is proud to announce the availability of a new LiveDVD to celebrate the continued collaboration between Gentoo users and developers. The LiveDVD features a superb list of packages, some of which are listed below..."
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RE[2]: Gentoo needs fresh blood
by FunkyELF on Wed 9th Mar 2011 22:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Gentoo needs fresh blood"
FunkyELF
Member since:
2006-07-26

More frequent releases would probably help too, since every time a new version of a distro is released, that distro jumps up several places.


Gentoo is a rolling release distro, there are no releases, only updates to portage.

What this article is about is a new Live CD which happens every now and then. I used to use Knoppix to install Gentoo back in the day. Now their CD's provide a good enough environment to install Gentoo.

I run Gentoo on my Laptop, Workstation, Xbox (original (Gentoox)), and my SheevaPlug. Used to run it on my PS3 but we all know what happened there... f###ing Sony made me choose between NetFlix and Linux.

The reason I keep using Gentoo is because all other installers for other distros make it unclear what is about to happen during install as far as partitioning and the MBR are concerned. This is a problem if you are setting up a dual boot environment or want to frequently blow your root partition away and re-install without losing your other OS's and data partitions. With Gentoo its all manual and explicit... I like that.

I don't care too much for the actual environment and working with portage is very frustrating at times. I'd love to use Ubuntu, Mint, CentOS, or something more mainstream but sadly their installers are lacking.

Edited 2011-03-09 22:20 UTC

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Verunks Member since:
2007-04-02

I don't know about other oses but debian asks you where you want to install grub/lilo and if you want to install them, it also lets you choose to reuse an existing partition for /home for example

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Gentoo is a rolling release distro, there are no releases, only updates to portage.

What this article is about is a new Live CD which happens every now and then. I used to use Knoppix to install Gentoo back in the day. Now their CD's provide a good enough environment to install Gentoo.

True, but PCLinuxOS is also a rolling release distro, and they regularly come out with new live/installation CDs with updated packages. To be fair, though, Gentoo seems to be all about installing a base system and then compiling/installing anything else you want, so it would probably be relatively infrequently that enough of the base OS is updated to release new install CDs.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Actually the release team makes new releases on a weekly basis. That is, for the installation media.

The LiveDVD is updated less regularly to put it mildly.

The weekly releases can be found on the mirrors in
/releases/arch/current-iso/ or in /releases/arch/current-stage3/

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OSbunny Member since:
2009-05-23

You can manually partition with most other distros. Definitely with Centos, Fedora and OpenSUSE. I think you can with Ubuntu too.

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Bringbackanonposting Member since:
2005-11-16

Sorry dude that's crazy talk. Choosing Gentoo over anything else because of the installer??
I have run Gentoo for at least 7 years and finally rid my server of it a couple weeks ago for Centos.
The installers of most distros are fine do nearly anything you like. You are also free to post install manage partitions and change mountpoints, swap, whatever you like.
I like many others realised that the time donated to keep Gentoo going strong was just not worth it. We don't use 10G hard drives anymore, we don't use laptops with 128MB RAM anymore and we don't use dial up Internet anymore (majority anyway). It became less and less relevant. If my root partition kills itself with Kubuntu it would take me a couple hours to be back where I was with a fresh install (disregarding backups). Not possible with Gentoo. For me Gentoo was a great progression from LFS. It was educational, trim, small and fast. I don't need the education, my HDD is plenty big, don't care what dependencies install, hardware is fast enough now not to notice software optimising....
There is a place for Gentoo. Would be a sad day if they ever close shop.

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Liquidator Member since:
2007-03-04

The aforementioned OS's bootloaders work seemlessly with dual-boots or more.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

The aforementioned OS's bootloaders work seemlessly with dual-boots or more.

I don't think the issue was with GRUB's capabilities, i think it was with the installer overwriting the MBR with a new GRUB image - thus wiping the old image and any boot mappings it had.

Trying to restore an existing Linux install after GRUB has been wiped can often be a complete nightmare.

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