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Distribution Watch: Gentoo Linux 1.2: Getting Better Every Day - page 2

Back in the Saddle with Gentoo

  • July 10, 2002
  • By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

You've got more options these days for grabbing a copy of Gentoo Linux 1.2. You can go to Gentoo's Web site (www.gentoo.org), click on the Install link for the appropriate platform, and then select one of the CD images available there. My personal preference is to get the smaller one (gentoo-ix86-1.2.iso/), but if you have a 686 and don't want to deal with the earlier compile stages then get the bigger one (gentoo-686-1.2.iso/).

No matter how you slice it, following the downloading instructions is going to get frustrating if you don't have a high-speed connection or hate burning CD-ROMs. Fortunately, you've got the option of buying pre-burned Gentoo CD's from a variety of vendors, and for a nice low cost. Since vendor information changes over time I'll just say to go to the Gentoo Web site and check out their latest vendor list.

Gentoo Linux is the only distribution I'm aware of that focuses on the needs of the developer community. Specialized tools such as Portage, a build manager on steroids, make this dream a reality. The major differences between Gentoo 1.1a and 1.2 revolve around updated packages, numerous bug and security fixes, and of course KDE 3.0 and (big emphasis here) GNOME 2.0.

One major comment most people make about Gentoo is that it's fast. This is a distribution that from the ground up can be optimized for your system. It's also amazingly easy to update your entire Gentoo install with a single pair of commands.

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