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LinuxPlanet: Distribution Watch: Gentoo Linux

Apr 15, 2002, 17:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dee-Ann LeBlanc)

"You won't know Gentoo Linux 1.1a for its installer bells and whistles. That's not expected after all, not for an audience that's more concerned with what's going on under the hood than the flashy racing stripes and spoiler. What you do get is a distribution built mostly from source code, optimized to your personal specifications, and one killer tool for handling compiles and development: Portage (a French word meaning "carrying," often referring to carrying your canoe across a stretch of land before putting it in the next stretch of water).

"Portage is best described by the Gentoo Linux team, themselves: 'Portage is a true ports system in the tradition of BSD ports, but is Python-based and sports a number of advanced features including dependencies, fine-grained package management, "fake" (OpenBSD-style) installs, path sandboxing, safe unmerging, system profiles, virtual packages, config file management, and more.'

"If I was a software developer, this is a distribution I'd watch..."

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