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Gentoo

Gentoo LogoAbout Gentoo

The Gentoo Linux operating system is a Linux distribution named after the Gentoo penguin.

Gentoo was created by Daniel Robbins, a developer who had previously crafted the Stampede and Enoch distributions.  The first version of Gentoo was released in March 2002.  Since then, new releases have been made 2 or 3 times every year.  It is released under the GPL.

Gentoo uses a BSD ports-like system called Portage. Portage is a package management system that allows great flexibility while installing and maintaining software on a Gentoo system. It provides compile-time option support, conditional dependencies, pre-package installation summary, safe installation (through sandboxing) and uninstallation of software, system profiles, configuration file protection and other features. Release 2007.0 has over 8,000 software packages included.

Gentoo 2007.0 Key Facts

Developer:
Gentoo Foundation Inc.
Price:
Entire distribution is available for download free of charge; 3rd party vendors sell CDs for nominal sums
Released:
7 May 2007
Installation Media:
CD, LiveCD, LiveDVD, BitTorrent
Architectures supported:
Alpha, AMD64, HPPA, Intel IA-64, PowerPC (32 bit), PowerPC (64 bit), SPARC64, x86, S/390, SH4
Package Management:
Portage - a software distribution, package building, and installation system
Official Website:
www.gentoo.org

Kernel
2.6.19 (various optimized kernels)
GNOME 2.16.2
KDE 3.5.5
XOrg 1.4
Xfce 4.4
OpenOffice 2.1.0
Evolution 2.8.2.1
Firefox 2.0.0.3
Gimp 2.2.14
Python 2.4.4
Perl
5.8.8
Apache 1.3.33
PHP
5.2.2
MySQL       
5.0.38
PostgreSQL 8.0.13
Samba
3.0.24
GNU Compiler Collection 4.1.1

Reviews

2007.0 (current release)
thepcspy, Techgage, funtoo, Linux.com
2006.1
Software In Review, TechGage, Newsforge, LXer, Linux.com
2006.0
eWEEK, The Reviewr, Linux.com, Software In Review

Selected Websites

Other Official Websites
Discussion Forums, Gentoo BitTorrents, Mailing ListsOfficial Documentation, Online Package Database
News
Planet GentooPlanet Larry
Support/Forums
Gentoo Linux wiki, Gentoo-Portage, Gentoo.de (in German), Gentoo Francophone (in French), Inverse Path

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