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DistroWatch.com: Gentoo Linux

Gentoo Linux

Last Update: 2017-05-24 21:50 UTC


Gentoo Linux is a versatile and fast, completely free 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, safe unmerging, system profiles, virtual packages, config file management, and more.

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Average visitor rating: 9.65/10 from 20 review(s).


Gentoo Summary
Distribution Gentoo Linux
Home Page http://www.gentoo.org/
Mailing Lists http://www.gentoo.org/main/en/lists.xml
User Forums http://forums.gentoo.org/
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Documentation http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/index.xml
http://wiki.gentoo.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-05-28: Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 20160514
 • 2014-09-04: Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 20140826
 • 2012-12-21: Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 20121221
 • 2012-04-01: Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 12.1
 • 2012-01-02: Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 12.0
 • 2011-08-08: Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 11.2
 • 2011-03-08: Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 11.0
 • 2009-10-05: Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 10.0
 • 2009-09-27: Development Release: Gentoo Linux 10.0 Test
 • 2008-07-06: Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 2008.0
 • 2008-04-29: Development Release: Gentoo Linux 2008.0 Beta 2
 • 2008-04-01: Development Release: Gentoo Linux 2008.0 Beta 1
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Feature unstable stable 20160514 20140826 20121221 12.1 12.0 11.2 11.0 10.1 2008.0 2007.0 2006.1 2006.0 2005.1 2005.0 2004.3 2004.2 2004.1 2004.0 1.4 1.2 1.1a 1.0 Feature
Release Date 2017-05-24 2017-05-24 2016-05-27 2014-09-04 2012-12-21 2012-04-01 2012-01-02 2011-08-07 2011-03-08 2009-10-10 2008-07-06 2007-05-07 2006-08-30 2006-02-27 2005-08-08 2005-03-28 2004-11-15 2004-07-26 2004-04-28 2004-03-01 2003-08-05 2002-06-05 2002-04-08 2002-03-31 Release Date
End Of Life                                                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs -- -- 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 DVD 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 CDs
Free Download Packages Packages Packages ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop -- -- KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Xfce GNOME -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Default Desktop
Package Management SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) Package Management
Office Suite GOffice, Calligra, LibreOffice GOffice, Calligra, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, LibreOffice KOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, OO.o GOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice KOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86, alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, ia64, mips, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, ia64, mips, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, ia64, mips, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, alpha, amd64, hppa, ia64, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, ia64, mips, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, hppa, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, hppa, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, hppa, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, hppa, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, hppa, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, ppc, sparc x86, amd64, ppc, sparc x86, HPPA, ppc, sparc, mips x86, HPPA, ppc, sparc, mips x86, ppc, sparc x86, ppc, sparc   Processor Architecture
Journaled File Systems ext4, ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS -- -- -- ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes en en en Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes -- -- -- cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw       Asian Language Support
Full Package List unstable stable 20160514 20140826 20121221 12.1 12.0 11.2 11.0 10.1                     1.4 1.2 1.1a   Full Package List
Package unstable stable 20160514 20140826 20121221 12.1 12.0 11.2 11.0 10.1 2008.0 2007.0 2006.1 2006.0 2005.1 2005.0 2004.3 2004.2 2004.1 2004.0 1.4 1.2 1.1a 1.0 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.2 3.0.1 3.0.0 -- 2.8.6 -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.6.4 2.6.3 2.4.6 2.4.5 2.2.11 2.2.8 2.2.3 2.0.10 2.0.6 2.0.5 2.0.2 1.0.6 1.0.1 0.99.3 -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4) 1.1.4 1.1.2 1.1.1 1.0.28 1.0.26 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.24.1 1.0.24.1 1.0.20 1.0.16 1.0.14rc3 1.0.11 1.0.10 1.0.9 1.0.8 1.0.6 1.0.5 1.0.3b 0.9.8 0.9.2 0.9.0rc1 0.9.0beta10 -- alsa-lib (1.1.4)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.471.3 8.32.5 8.21.7                       ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) 4.4 4.3 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.0 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05a 2.05a 2.05a bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.1) 9.11.0-P5 9.11.0-P5 9.10.3-P4 -- -- -- -- -- 9.7.3 -- 9.4.1-P1 9.3.4 9.3.2 9.3.2 9.2.5 9.2.2 9.2.2 9.2.2 9.2.2 9.2.2 9.2.2 9.2.1 9.2.0 -- bind (9.11.1)
chromium (58.0.3029.110) 60.0.3100.0 58.0.3029.81 50.0.2661.75 37.0.2062.35 24.0.1312.35 18.0.1025.142 -- 13.0.782.107 -- --                             chromium (58.0.3029.110)
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.3 2.1.4 2.1.3 1.7.4 1.6.1 1.5.2 1.4.8 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.3.10 1.3.7 1.2.9 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.20 1.1.20 1.1.20 1.1.20 1.1.19 1.1.14 1.1.14 -- cups (2.2.3)
dhcp (4.3.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.1.2-P1 3.1.1 3.0.3 3.0.3 3.0.3 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0pl2 3.0pl2 3.0pl2 3.0 3.0 -- dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.10 1.42.6 1.42.1 1.42 1.41.14 1.41.14 1.41.3 1.40.9 1.39 1.39 1.38 1.38 1.35 1.35 1.35 1.34 1.34 1.33 1.27 1.27 1.27 e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (53.0.3) 53.0 52.1.0 45.0.1 31.0 17.0.1 11.0 9.0 5.0 3.6.13 3.5.3 2.0.0.15 2.0.0.3 1.5.0.6 1.0.7 1.0.6 1.0.2 1.0pre 0.9.1             firefox (53.0.3)
freetype (2.8) 2.8 2.8 2.6.3 2.5.3 2.4.10 2.4.9 2.4.8 2.4.6 2.4.4 2.3.9 2.3.7 2.3.3 2.1.10 2.1.9 2.1.9 2.1.9 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.4 2.1.0 2.0.9 -- freetype (2.8)
gcc (7.1.0) 7.1.0 5.4.0 5.3.0 4.8.3 4.6.3 4.5.3 4.5.3 4.5.2 4.5.2 4.3.2 3.4.6 4.1.1 4.1.1 3.4.4 3.4.4 3.4.3 3.4.1 3.3.3 3.3.3 3.3.2 3.2.3 2.95.3 2.95.3 2.95.3 gcc (7.1.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.9.4 2.8.14 2.9.2 2.8.10 2.8.2 2.6.12 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.6.4 2.4.2 2.2.14 2.2.12 2.2.8 2.2.6 2.0.4 2.0.4 2.0.0 1.2.5 1.2.5 1.2.4 1.2.3 1.2.3 -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.25) 2.24 2.23 2.23 2.19 2.16.0 2.14.1 2.14.1 2.13 2.12.2 2.9 2.7 2.5 2.4 2.3.4 2.3.5 2.3.4 2.3.4 2.3.3 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.2.5 2.2.5 2.2.5 glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.2) 3.22.3 3.22.3 -- 3.12.2 3.4.2 3.2.2.1 3.2.1 3.0.2 -- --                             gnome-shell (3.24.2)
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.15 2.6.15 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.9 2.2.9 2.2.5 2.0.5 1.8.11 1.8.11 1.8.9 1.8.9 1.8.9 1.8.9 1.8.8 1.8.8 1.8.4 1.6.6 1.6.6 -- gnucash (2.6.16)
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.32 1.12.32 1.12.28 1.12.17 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.13 1.8.4 1.8.3 1.6.3 1.6.3 1.4.3 1.4.3 1.4.1 1.2.13 1.2.6 1.2.6 1.2.2 1.0.13 1.0.6 1.0.5 -- gnumeric (1.12.34)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.00 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.96 0.96 0.96 0.94 0.94 0.94 0.94 0.93 0.93 0.90 0.91 0.90 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.15) 3.22.15 3.22.15 3.18.9 3.12.2 3.4.4 3.2.4 3.2.2 3.0.12 2.22.1 2.16.6 2.12.9 2.10.9 2.8.19 2.8.8 2.6.7 2.6.2 2.4.9 2.4.1 2.4.0 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.0.2 1.2.10 -- gtk+ (3.22.15)
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.25 2.4.25 -- 2.4.10 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.9 2.0.58 2.0.58 2.0.55 2.0.54 2.0.52 2.0.49 2.0.49 -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.25)
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.92.1 0.91 0.91 0.48.5 0.48.3.1 0.48.3 0.48.2 0.48.2 0.48.1 0.46 0.46 0.45.1 0.43 0.43 0.41                   inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.1) 17.04.1 2.0.3 -- 2.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0.4 0.12.17 0.12.14 0.12.8 0.11.24 0.11.18 0.11.17 0.11.12 0.11.9 0.11.1 0.8.1 0.6.0pre2 0.6.0pre2 -- k3b (17.04.1)
kmod (24) 24 23 22 18 12                                       kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.32.1 2.26.0 2.20.1.1 2.16.0 2.14.1 2.12.0.1 2.10.0 2.8.0 2.8.0 2.6.0 2.4.0 2.4.0 2.2.2 -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.3) 5.3.3 5.3.3 5.1.2 4.2.5 3.6.4 3.5.1 3.4.99.2 3.4.2 3.2.1 3.1.1 2.4.1 2.1.0 2.0.3 2.0.1 1.1.4 1.1.4 1.1.3 1.1.1 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.3 1.0 641b -- libreoffice (5.3.3)
linux (4.11.2) 4.11.2 4.9.16 4.6 3.15.6 3.6.8 3.3 3.1.6 3.0 2.6.37 2.6.30.5 2.6.25.9 2.6.19 2.6.17 2.6.15 2.6.12 2.6.11 2.6.9 2.6.7 2.6.5 2.4.25 2.4.19 2.4.18 2.4.18 2.4.17 linux (4.11.2)
Package unstable stable 20160514 20140826 20121221 12.1 12.0 11.2 11.0 10.1 2008.0 2007.0 2006.1 2006.0 2005.1 2005.0 2004.3 2004.2 2004.1 2004.0 1.4 1.2 1.1a 1.0 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.1 0.5.5 -- -- 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- --                             lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.6) 10.2.1alpha 10.0.30 -- -- --                                       mariadb (10.2.6)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.16.1 1.12.1 -- -- --                                       mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.0) 17.1.0 13.0.5 11.2.1 10.2.4 9.0.1 8.0.2 7.11.2 7.11 7.10.1 7.5.1                             mesa (17.1.0)
mysql (5.7.18) 5.6.36 5.6.35 -- 5.5.38 5.5.28 5.1.61 5.1.59 5.1.58 5.1.53 5.0.84 5.0.54 5.0.38 4.1.21 4.1.14 4.0.24 4.0.24 4.0.22 4.0.20 4.0.18 4.0.16 4.0.13 3.23.49 3.23.49 -- mysql (5.7.18)
nautilus (3.24.1) 3.22.3 3.22.3 -- 3.12.2 3.4.2 3.2.1 3.2.1 3.0.2 2.32.2.1 2.26.4 2.20.0 2.16.3 2.14.1 2.12.2 2.10.1 2.8.2 2.8.0 2.6.0 2.4.2 2.4.2 2.2.4 1.0.6 1.0.6 -- nautilus (3.24.1)
NVIDIA (381.22) 381.22 381.22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0-8776                         NVIDIA (381.22)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 -- 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.4.11.2 3.4.7.2                             openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u131) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --                           openjdk (8u131)
openssh (7.5p1) 7.5p1 7.3p1 7.2p2 6.6p1 6.1p1 5.9p1 5.9p1 5.8p2 5.8p1 5.2p1 4.7p1 4.5p1 4.3p2 4.2p1 3.9p1 3.9p1 3.8.1p1 3.8.1p1 3.8p1 3.7.1p2 3.6.1p2 3.1p1 3.1p1 3.1p1 openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.1.0e 1.0.2k 1.0.2g 1.0.1h 1.0.1c 1.0.0h 1.0.0e 1.0.0d 1.0.0d 0.9.8k 0.9.8g 0.9.8d 0.9.7j 0.9.7i 0.9.7e 0.9.7e 0.9.7d 0.9.7d 0.9.7d 0.9.7c 0.9.6j 0.9.6c 0.9.6c 0.9.6c openssl (1.1.0e)
perl (5.24.1) 5.24.1 5.24.1 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.16.1 5.12.4 5.12.4 5.12.4 5.12.3 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.7 5.8.6 5.8.5 5.8.4 5.8.4 5.8.2 5.8.2 5.8.0 5.6.1 5.6.1 5.6.1 perl (5.24.1)
php (7.1.5) 7.1.5 7.0.15 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.2.6rc4 5.2.2 5.1.4 5.0.5 4.4.0 4.3.10 4.3.9 4.3.8 4.3.4 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.0 4.1.2 -- php (7.1.5)
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) 5.9.5 5.8.6 5.6.2 -- --                                       plasma-desktop (5.9.5)
postfix (3.2.0) 3.3pre 3.1.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.5.9 2.4.6 2.3.6 2.2.10 2.2.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.0.19 2.0.19 2.0.16 2.0.11 1.1.7 1.1.6 -- postfix (3.2.0)
postgresql (9.6.3) 9.6.3 9.5.7 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.0.15 8.0.13 8.0.8 8.0.7 8.0.3 7.4.7 7.4.6 7.4.3 7.3.6 7.3.5 7.3.3 7.2 7.2 -- postgresql (9.6.3)
Python (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.4.5 3.5.1 3.3.5 3.2.3 3.2.2 3.2.2 3.2 3.1.3 2.6.2 2.4.4 2.4.4 2.4.3 2.3.5 2.3.5 2.3.4 2.3.4 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.2.3 2.2.1 2.2 2.2 Python (3.6.1)
qt (5.8.0) 5.7.1 5.6.2 5.5.1 4.8.5 4.8.4 4.8.1 4.7.4 4.7.3 4.7.1 4.5.2 3.3.8 4.2.3 4.1.4 3.3.4 3.3.4 3.3.4 3.3.3 3.3.2 3.3.1 3.3.0 3.1.2 3.0.3 3.0.3 -- qt (5.8.0)
samba (4.6.4) 4.6.3 4.2.11 3.6.25 3.6.24 3.6.9 3.6.3 3.6.1 3.6.0rc3 3.5.6 3.0.33 3.0.28a 3.0.24 3.0.22 3.0.14a 3.0.14a 3.0.10 3.0.8 3.0.5 3.0.2a 3.0.1 2.2.8a 2.2.4 2.2.3a -- samba (4.6.4)
systemd (233) 233 233 -- 215 --                                       systemd (233)
thunderbird (52.1.1) 52.1.1 45.8.0 38.7.1 24.7.0 17.0 11.0.1 8.0 5.0 3.1.7 2.0.0.23 2.0.0.14 1.5.0.10 1.5.0.5 1.0.7 1.0.6 1.0.2 0.8 0.6             thunderbird (52.1.1)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.1 7.0 7.0 6.4 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.1 6.1 -- vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) 2.2.4 2.2.4 2.2.2 2.1.4 2.0.4 2.0.1 1.1.13 1.1.11 1.1.7 1.0.2 0.8.6g 0.8.6 0.8.4a 0.8.4 0.8.1                   vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.13.0 4.12.3 -- 4.11.6 4.10.0 4.8.3 4.8.3 4.8.2 4.8 4.6.1 4.4.2 4.4.0 4.2.3.2 4.2.2 4.2.2 4.2.0 4.0.6 4.0.5 3.8.18 3.8.18 3.8.18 3.8.16 3.8.14 -- xfdesktop (4.12.3)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.3 1.19.2 1.18.3 1.16.0 1.12.4 1.12.0 1.10.4 1.10.3 1.10.0 1.6.3.901 1.3.0.0 (7.2) (7.1) (6.8.2) (6.8.2) (6.8.2) (6.8.0) (6.7.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.3)

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Version: stable
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-05-06
Votes: 0


I have a quadruple boot setup on my machine and I just realized today that I haven't booted any of my other distro in month :) Gentoo just does everything right or at least, the way I want to :)
It took me 1 week to get it all set up but now, I could never go back . Oh ? And did I mention it is systemd free ?



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Version: unstable
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-26
Votes: 5


Easily the best Linux distribution out there...
Hard yes? But only for periods of a week or two - in the first 5 years or so... :-)
User of Gentoo (my primary OS of choice) for approximately 7 years...

Pros...

* Gentoo makes a great Desktop distribution... Because if there is something you don't like about a package... You can just add a patch to fix it - user patches are gr-r-eat!

* The best package management out there... Portage can handle multiple, parallel operations... The default output is clear and well formatted... Acyclic graph handling of package dependencies blows binary distributions out of the water... Makes pacman look like a childrens toy. :-)

* Ability to customise both build flags and USE flags for packages - to make your own unique Linux distribution.

* General tooling is excellent. These are simple, don't try to do too much and are well-documented...

* Nice community and easy to get involved (packaging, etc.)...

* Has hands down the best support for Wine - of any distribution. Multi-slot Wine (multiple versions installed in parallel) with easy ability to build multilib Wine... No missing 32-bit development libraries here - or other Debian BS here!! Easy to test and apply user patches (e.g. WineHQ bug fixes).

* No commerical bullshit - the focus is purely on quality and continual improvement of the Package Management system.

* Great set of Overlays - similar to Arch AUR and Ubuntu PPA system. Gentoo has a very comprehensive package base.

Cons:

* Really... don't use this on dual-core devices... Get a Ryzen 7 for all the cores!

* Initially... a very steep learning curve... Which will probably take a long time to level off... :-(

* Libreoffice / Chromium (build-time hogs!!)



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Version: stable
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-04-21
Votes: 1


I love it, it is by far the best linux distro I have encountered.

Pros
I can add and strip what I want in features
It is built for my system
Install once and leave it - never have to risk upgrading between releases like kubuntu

Cons
Long compile times - but bearable.


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