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Gentoo Linux

Last Update: 2020-01-17 09:50 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: 9.29/10 from 129 review(s).


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Distribution Gentoo Linux
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with 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
 • More Gentoo releases...

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 •2019-03-27 Gentoo enables GNOME to run without systemd
 •2018-07-04 Gentoo mirror compromised
 •2017-08-19 Gentoo phasing out hardened kernel
 •2016-08-28 Gentoo mourns Portnoy
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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 2020-01-17 2020-01-17 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   2824-2824                                             Image Size (MB)
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
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
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
Init Software OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC Init Software
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 (3.0.4) 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 (3.0.4)
alsa-lib (1.2.1.2) 1.2.1.2 1.1.8 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 (1.2.1.2)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.471.3 8.32.5 8.21.7                       ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) 5.0 4.4 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 (5.0)
bind (9.15.7) 9.15.6 9.15.6 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 (9.15.7)
chromium (79.0.3945.130) 80.0.3987.42 -- 50.0.2661.75 37.0.2062.35 24.0.1312.35 18.0.1025.142 -- 13.0.782.107 -- --                             chromium (79.0.3945.130)
cups (2.3.1) 2.3.1 2.2.13 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 (2.3.1)
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.45.5) 1.45.5 1.45.4 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 (1.45.5)
firefox (72.0.1) 72.0.1 68.4.1 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 (72.0.1)
freetype (2.10.1) 2.10.1 2.9.1 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 (2.10.1)
gcc (9.2.0) 9.2.0 9.2.0 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 (9.2.0)
gimp (2.10.14) 2.10.14 2.10.8 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 (2.10.14)
glibc (2.30) 2.30 2.29 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 (2.30)
gnome-shell (3.34.3) 3.32.2 3.32.2 -- 3.12.2 3.4.2 3.2.2.1 3.2.1 3.0.2 -- --                             gnome-shell (3.34.3)
gnucash (3.8b) 3.7 3.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 (3.8b)
gnumeric (1.12.46) 1.12.44 1.12.39 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 (1.12.46)
grub (2.04) 2.05alpha20200110 2.04 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 (2.04)
gtk (3.24.13) 0.14.10 0.14.6 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 (3.24.13)
httpd (2.4.41) 2.4.41 2.4.41 -- 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 (2.4.41)
inkscape (0.92.4) 1.0beta2 0.92.4 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 (0.92.4)
k3b (19.12.1) 19.12.1 19.08.3 -- 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 (19.12.1)
kmod (26) 26 26 22 18 12                                       kmod (26)
krita (4.2.8.2) 4.2.8.2 --                                             krita (4.2.8.2)
libreoffice (6.3.4) 6.3.4 6.2.8 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 (6.3.4)
linux (5.4.12) 5.4.12 4.19.86 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 (5.4.12)
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
lxpanel (0.10.0) 0.10.0 0.10.0 -- -- 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- --                             lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.4.11) 10.4.10 10.2.29 -- -- --                                       mariadb (10.4.11)
mate-desktop (1.22.2) 1.22.1 1.22.0 -- -- --                                       mate-desktop (1.22.2)
mesa (19.3.2) 19.3.2 19.2.8 11.2.1 10.2.4 9.0.1 8.0.2 7.11.2 7.11 7.10.1 7.5.1                             mesa (19.3.2)
mysql (8.0.19) 8.0.18 5.7.27 -- 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 (8.0.19)
nautilus (3.34.2) 3.32.3 3.32.3 -- 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 (3.34.2)
NVIDIA (440.44) 440.44 440.44 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0-8776                         NVIDIA (440.44)
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 (13.0.1) 11.0.5p10 11.0.4p11 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --                           openjdk (13.0.1)
openssh (8.1p1) 8.1p1 8.0p1 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 (8.1p1)
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1d 1.1.1d 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 (1.1.1d)
perl (5.30.1) 5.30.1 5.30.1 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 (5.30.1)
php (7.4.1) 7.4.1 7.3.13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 (7.4.1)
plasma-desktop (5.17.5) 5.17.5 5.17.4 5.6.2 -- --                                       plasma-desktop (5.17.5)
postfix (3.4.8) 3.5pre 3.4.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 (3.4.8)
postgresql (12.1) 12.1 12.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 (12.1)
Python (3.8.1) 3.9.0alpha2 3.7.5 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 (3.8.1)
qt (5.14.0) 5.14.0 5.12.3 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 (5.14.0)
samba (4.11.4) 4.11.4 4.8.6 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 (4.11.4)
systemd (244) 244 243 -- 215 --                                       systemd (244)
thunderbird (68.4.1) 68.4.1 68.4.1 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 (68.4.1)
vim (8.2) 8.2 8.1 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 (8.2)
vlc (3.0.8) 3.0.8 3.0.8 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 (3.0.8)
xfdesktop (4.14.2) 4.14.2 4.14.1 -- 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 (4.14.2)
xorg-server (1.20.7) 1.20.7 1.20.6 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 (1.20.7)

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Version: stable
Rating: 5
Date: 2020-01-03
Votes: 7


A lot of work to build and you end up becoming a servant of the system, having to spend too much time getting things done, which in other old and tested distributions is done more quickly. It is worth learning to install and test.


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Version: stable
Rating: 5
Date: 2019-12-28
Votes: 7


It works stable and can find all programs to install.

You are an advanced linux user, you need to waste a lot of time to see the gentoo/portage rules.

this is a good distro, but...
tools need to work for you, not you work for tools.

You can compile, configure and have the same end result in many other mother distributions.


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Version: unstable
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-12-25
Votes: 4


I've been using Gentoo for over a year now, and it's definitely the perfect distro for anyone who want's full control over their system.
Pros:
The package manager (Portage) is awesome, the best thing being that you can choose seperately for every package, whether you want the "stable" or "testing" version. Full stable would be one of the most stable rolling releases out there, full testing "unstable" about as cutting edge as Arch, maybe a bit more.
You have full control over everything, literally everything: kernel to desktop environment. The wiki is great aswell, right after Arch's.
It's ultra fast and lightweight*,
Cons:
*with the exception being the actual compiling of packages which can take a while, especially on lower-end hardware; so I wouldn't recommend running Gentoo on your 199$ netbook (it's possible but not worth it, I've tried).
The GNOME Desktop (currently at 3.32), it's packages and Cinnamon tend to get updated late, so if you're using one of those and always want the latest stuff... yeah, ye might wanna stay with Arch :/. The Java9+ situation is weird: openjdk11 is in the repos and up to date, but not 13, and neither can be installed via the jre/jdk meta-packages. The KDE Desktop and apps, Xfce, Mate, i3/sway and pretty much all other packages immediately get updated, though.
It's also a bit harder to use/install and more work to maintain than e.g. Arch Linux. However totally worth it,
and if you're using Arch especially Arch+KDE/Xfce/WM, I can only recommend you give it a try.


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