"When Daniel Robbins recently spoke to 30 or so students and
professors at Stanford's Computer Systems Lab, he didn't have to
waste much time explaining what his baby, Gentoo Linux, was. Most
of the audience seemed to have at least one Gentoo playbox each.
And those who gathered around the project's founding father after
the talk seemed pretty happy with how Daniel's distribution has
been shaping up.
"Instead of going into the details of Gentoo that have made it
so popular -- the distribution's preference for source packages
compiled by the user over binary packages, its
ultra-configurability, the heavy automation of Gentoo's emerge
build system--Daniel sat down and spoke on the lesser known aspects
of Gentoo: where it came from, what problems and opportunities
Daniel was seeing these days, and his opinions on where the future
might take it.
"Gentoo's genesis was, like so much open source software, as
academic as the talks' setting. Robbins was working as a system
administrator for the School of Medicine at the University of New
Mexico when he first started playing around with Linux..."
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