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PR: Gentoo Linux 1.0 Released

Apr 01, 2002, 18:59 (4 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Bruce A. Locke for this link. ]

The Gentoo Project is proud to announce the release of Gentoo Linux 1.0.

Gentoo Linux is a versatile and fast, completely free x86-based Linux distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Unlike other distros, Gentoo Linux has an advanced package management system called Portage. 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.

Gentoo Linux 1.0 features Linux 2.4.18+ and a modern GNU development environment (glibc-2.2.5, gcc 2.95.3), XFS, ReiserFS, ext3, LVM, ALSA, pcmcia-cs support built-in to the kernel, "vanilla" (stock) kernel packages/compatibility for those who prefer unpatched kernels, Xfree86 4.2, OpenGL, KDE 2.2.2/3.0 beta and GNOME 1.4, tcp-wrappers, xinetd, iptables and Linux QoS tools, modern qmail (with optional mysql and LDAP support), postfix and exim MTAs, GRUB boot loader (LILO is still available if you need it), 1000+ up-to-date ebuild scripts of your favorite apps, an innovative dependency-based startup script design, and of course Portage, a completely open design and a great developer and user community.

Portage allows you to set up Gentoo Linux the way you like it -- with the optimization settings that you want, and with optional build-time functionality (like GNOME, KDE, mysql, ALSA, LDAP support, etc.) enabled or disabled as you desire. If you don't want GNOME on your system, your apps won't have optional GNOME support enabled, and if you do, then they will. That's why we prefer thinking of Gentoo Linux as a meta-distribution or Linux technology engine. You decide what kind of system you want, and Portage will create it for you.

Install instructions, a new Portage Manual, and various downloads are available from Gentoo's website at http://www.gentoo.org.

New users are welcomed to stop by #gentoo on irc.openprojects.net or subscribe to one of our many busy mailing lists. See http://lists.gentoo.org/mailman/listinfo/ for mailing list archives and subscription information.

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