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LXer: Dispelling the Myths of Gentoo Linux, An Honest Review

Mar 23, 2004, 21:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Whitinger)

[ Thanks to Dave Whitinger for this link. ]

"I started my Linux journey in 1995 with a pile of 'A' and 'N' Slackware diskettes. It was a real thrill to run X-Windows on my 386 machine with 16MG of RAM. In 1997, when I was hired to work for Red Hat Software, Inc, I was brought kicking and screaming into the world of Red Hat. As the old adage goes, I stuck with what works. The nice thing about Red Hat is that it hides the complexity of Linux behind binary RPMS, but the downside to Red Hat is that is hides the complexity of Linux behind binary RPMS. Nevertheless it works, and I, like millions of others, have continued to use Red Hat through 2004.

"When Red Hat dropped Red Hat Linux in favor of Fedora, I switched to Fedora and continued to be happy with the software that came out of Raleigh.

"A few weeks ago, however, I purchased an Opteron machine with the intention of playing with Linux on it, seeing what all the 64-bit fuss is about, and perhaps making it my new server. I sampled several AMD64-based distributions, including Gentoo 2004.0, and was delighted with what I found in this powerful distribution..."

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