[ Thanks to Linux User & Developer magazine for this
Say "Gentoo" and most people think of a source code
based DIY distro. However, this is a pre-built desktop system that
comes as 3.4GB disk image. Michael Reed takes it for a spin...
First released in 2002 and based around source code rather than
pre-compiled binary packages, Gentoo has become famous for the
flexibility it offers. However, the Gentoo live DVD is a different
beast altogether, leveraging existing Gentoo technology to provide
a ready-made desktop that boots from removable media such as a DVD
or a USB flash drive. It's a comprehensive system with a wide
variety of applications along with a selection of the current
desktops. The disc includes current versions of Gnome 3, Xfce, E16,
Fluxbox, LXDE and XBMC and KDE4, and there is a distinct bias
towards KDE applications and desktop applications in general.
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