Gentoo for All the Unusual Reasons

You might think of Gentoo as a bleeding-edge distribution for development workstations, but the simple packaging system can make it a good choice for any production system that needs to stay up to date.
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-- Andrew Frederick Cowie Operational Dynamics Consulting Pty Ltd

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interesting article

Anonymous's picture

An interesting article. I've been thinking of playing with Gentoo for a while. The idea of easily being able to build customized packages appeals to me, as it's seems to be like rocket science on Debian...

no so hard

damaki's picture

Just 2 commands for any standard source (./configure based) :
dh_make
dpkg-build -rfakeroot

Nothing else...

I have seen debian boxes tota

Anonymous's picture

I have seen debian boxes totally corrupted by this kind of installation

Debian is particullary picky about extern packages, gentoo will build any package acording to your new choice if needed.

What if you do that for kdelibs ? gtk ? glibc ? the system will suffer, not on gentoo !

Another overlooked benefit is

Anonymous's picture

Another overlooked benefit is Security. Gentoo Hardened includes tons of excellent security features including SELinux, and you are not limited like other security-focused distributions. You can install basically any software on Linux, and the binary is automatically hardened; just check the configuration.

I use gentoo on every compute

Anonymous's picture

I use gentoo on every computer i got on my home, If you want an easy to install gentoo based distribution with graphical instalation you should check Vidalinux Desktop. Is based on gentoo but is using Redhats anaconda to install everything. http:://desktop.vidalinux.com :-D

vidalinux

Anonymous's picture

good golly, did you see the minimum system requirements?
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Minimum Supported Configuration:
AMD Athlon XP or Pentium 4 compatible processor, 1.0 Ghz; 10-GB hard disk; 256-MB RAM; 800x600 screen resolution

Recommended Configuration:
AMD Athlon XP or Pentium 4 compatible processor, 2.0 Ghz or faster; at least 20-GB hard disk; at least 512-MB RAM; 1024x768 screen resolution or better
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where gentoo's minimum system requirements are:
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Hardware Requirements
CPU i486 or later
Memory 64 MB
Diskspace 1.5 GB (excluding swap space)
Swap space At least 256 MB
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does anaconda really take this much power?

I've been using Linux for ove

Anonymous's picture

I've been using Linux for over 10 years and Gentoo was the distro to pull me away from Win32 for daily use. It's takes a little work for the initial install and the larger compiles like kde. Once installed its great. Easy to use, maintain and update. Seems you have what you need in the version your looking for, including its dependances.

Great Distro. Next Debian & Slackware (Slack being my 1st Linux distro) then Mandrake and Suse. All Great.

The main thing is to Enjoy Linux no matter the distro!

hallo this sucks your link go

Anonymous's picture

hallo this sucks your link goes straight to M$

Nah he accidently added two c

Anonymous's picture

Nah he accidently added two colon's, which for some reason is redirecting to you know where.
http://desktop.vidalinux.com/

http://desktop.vidalinux.com/

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