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OSNews: Review of Gentoo Linux 1.2

Jul 19, 2002, 11:00 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Minvielle)


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[ Thanks to Gentu for this link. ]

"I was told some time ago of a new distribution. One unlike RedHat with its redhat package management (rpm) system. One unlike Debian with apt-get. One that takes some time to build, but is worth it. Well, as the old adage goes, hard work pays off in the end, so I decided to take Gentoo Linux for a spin and see what it was like. I will describe the install, breifly, which can take quite some time, the performance of the running system, and then contrast that slightly with ports of Gentoo.

"I note first off that this distribution is not for the faint of heart, but does have some advantages (which in some cases are disadvantages) right from the get-go. The install image is small. The release I downloaded (1.0) was a scant 16MB. Now that is a small image. Those of you tired of grabbing RedHats 2 CDs or SuSes 7 might be glad to hear that, but wait. The install CD is just that, like an install floppy, it has enough to "get you going". Then the installer will download the packages it needs for your system to build itself, then after that (and a reboot) if you want any other packages you can download them also. Of course, I am leaving some things out for now, but that is the basic concept. Now onto the things I left out..."

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