The Gentoo Project is proud to announce the release of Gentoo
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
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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