"In rebuilding my server, I've grown very accustomed to Gentoo
Linux, the unique distribution that is source-based. 'Source-based'
here means that you don't download binary applications and update
your system with pre-compiled binary files. All gentoo updates and
packages are source code packages and patches. When you install a
new application, you download its source package with the 'emerge'
package tool, and Gentoo automatically builds the
package--specifically for your system and with your settings--and
installs the package as every other distro normally does. The
phenomenal ability to do this is absolutely mind-boggling. I have
pretty good experience with the other major distros like the Red
Hat varieties, SuSE, debian, Ubuntu, Slack and the other major
players. So coming to Gentoo, I thought I'd have a real hard time
installing and setting things up..."
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