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Gentoo Linux

Last Update: 2018-12-13 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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Distribution Gentoo Linux
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  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 2018-12-13 2018-12-13 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 (3.0.2) 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 (1.1.7) 1.1.7 1.1.6 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 (1.1.7)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.471.3 8.32.5 8.21.7                       ati-driver (18.30)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 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 (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.5) 9.12.2-P2 9.11.2-P1 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 (9.13.5)
chromium (71.0.3578.98) 72.0.3595.2 -- 50.0.2661.75 37.0.2062.35 24.0.1312.35 18.0.1025.142 -- 13.0.782.107 -- --                             chromium (71.0.3578.98)
cups (2.2.10) 2.3beta6 2.2.7 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 (2.2.10)
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 (1.44.4) 1.44.4 1.43.9 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 (1.44.4)
firefox (64.0) 64.0 60.3.0 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 (64.0)
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1 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 (2.9.1)
gcc (8.2.0) 8.2.0 7.3.0 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 (8.2.0)
gimp (2.10.8) 2.10.8 2.8.22 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 (2.10.8)
glibc (2.28) 2.28 2.27 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 (2.28)
gnome-shell (3.30.2) 3.26.2 3.24.3 -- 3.12.2 3.4.2 3.2.2.1 3.2.1 3.0.2 -- --                             gnome-shell (3.30.2)
gnucash (3.3) 3.3 3.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 (3.3)
gnumeric (1.12.44) 1.12.43 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 (1.12.44)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 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+ (3.24.2) 3.24.1 3.24.1 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+ (3.24.2)
httpd (2.4.37) 2.4.37 2.4.34 -- 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 (2.4.37)
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 0.92.2 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 (0.92.3)
k3b (18.12.0) 18.08.3 18.08.3 -- 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 (18.12.0)
kmod (25) 25 24 22 18 12                                       kmod (25)
krita (4.1.7) 4.1.5 --                                             krita (4.1.7)
libreoffice (6.1.3) 6.1.3 6.0.6 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 (6.1.3)
linux (4.19.9) 4.19.8 4.14.83 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 (4.19.9)
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 (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 -- -- 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- --                             lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.11) 10.3.10 10.1.37 -- -- --                                       mariadb (10.3.11)
mate-desktop (1.20.3) 1.18.0 1.18.0 -- -- --                                       mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.3.1) 18.3.1 18.2.5 11.2.1 10.2.4 9.0.1 8.0.2 7.11.2 7.11 7.10.1 7.5.1                             mesa (18.3.1)
mysql (8.0.13) 5.7.24 5.7.24 -- 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 (8.0.13)
nautilus (3.30.5) 3.26.4 3.24.2.1 -- 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 (3.30.5)
NVIDIA (415.18) 415.22 415.22 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0-8776                         NVIDIA (415.18)
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 (10.0.2) 11.0.1p13 11.0.1p13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --                           openjdk (10.0.2)
openssh (7.9p1) 7.9p1 7.7p1 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 (7.9p1)
openssl (1.1.1a) 1.1.1a 1.0.2p 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 (1.1.1a)
perl (5.28.0) 5.28.0 5.24.3 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 (5.28.0)
php (7.3.0) 7.3.0 7.2.10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 (7.3.0)
plasma-desktop (5.14.4) 5.14.4.1 5.14.3 5.6.2 -- --                                       plasma-desktop (5.14.4)
postfix (3.3.2) 3.4pre 3.3.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 (3.3.2)
postgresql (11.1) 11.1 10.6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 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 (11.1)
Python (3.7.1) 3.7.0 3.6.5 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 (3.7.1)
qt (5.12.0) 5.11.3 5.11.1 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 (5.12.0)
samba (4.9.3) 4.9.3 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 (4.9.3)
systemd (239) 239 239 -- 215 --                                       systemd (239)
thunderbird (60.3.3) 60.3.3 60.3.0 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 (60.3.3)
vim (8.1) 8.1 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 (8.1)
vlc (3.0.4) 3.0.4 3.0.4 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 (3.0.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.13.2 4.12.4 -- 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 (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.3) 1.20.3 1.20.3 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 (1.20.3)

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Version: stable
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-12
Votes: 1


I tried several distributions with different window managers.
I always come back to Gentoo with XFCE.
It's not the compilation that interests me in Gentoo, although it's a little more, but really package management, I no longer have any problem with a package that would have been compiled without a specific option I would need, like PHP threads, and avoids having unused element support, so fewer vulnerabilities.
I like XFCE, despite the fact that I regret the fact that the project has stagnated in recent years, but I always come back to it, because it is extremely fast, and includes ultra-fast tools, such as xfce4-notes that I find it difficult to do without.


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Version: stable
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-12-01
Votes: 4


Lets me choose what I will have in my system, more than any other distro. Excellent package manager, helpful community, documentation,..


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Version: unstable
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-11-19
Votes: 5


I've been using Gentoo for over 15 years so I'm sure my experiences will be different than someone just coming into Gentoo. It's also pretty much the only distro I've used other than Slackware (I've used others, but not "full time"). I don't distrohop. Once I found Gentoo I was happy and I haven't really seen anything better yet (also NixOS might get there someday).

Pretty much all my boxes (desktop, server, VMs and containers) run Gentoo. They're all specialized for some particular task, so my database box is completely different than my desktop box (as far as USE flags, configuration, etc).

My advice, which is kind of expert-level. Use different projects with different configs and build them on a CI box. For example I have two "base" Jenkins projects: stable and unstable, which are just vanilla (handbook) installs of Gentoo. They poll the portage git repo and build binary packages continuously. From there I have system-specific builds for desktops, application servers, media servers, docker servers, etc. Even Jenkins has it's own project for building a Jenkins server. These all have their own USE flags, CFLAGS, etc. Then when I actually want to install on actual hardware (or a VM or container), I point it to whichever Jenkins project as a binary package host and it pulls all of it's packages from there. I hardly ever have to build on the actual boxes and I'm always up to date (because of CI).

If you set up your systems in CI first then it makes setting up/building a new Gentoo system a snap. Keep your /etc/portage(s) in revision control and you can make sure your changes stay sync. Then you only have to worry about kernel configuration.


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