Noo Gentoo

By on March 2, 2004

Gentoo Linux has announced the release of their first-quarter build, with some cutting-edge enhancements.

Gentoo Linux is proud to announce the release of Gentoo Linux 2004.0 for the x86, AMD64, PowerPC, Sun SPARC, and SGI MIPS architectures. Additionally, the Gentoo Hardened team is announcing the inaugural release of a security-enhanced Gentoo platform for the x86 architecture.

In addition to many bugfixes and security updates since the 1.4 release, Gentoo Linux 2004.0 contains a cutting-edge development toolchain and user environment including, but not limited to, Linux kernel 2.6.3, GCC 3.3.2, GLIBC 2.3.2, KDE 3.2, GNOME 2.4.1, and xfce4.

Gentoo is a by-geeks, for-geeks Linux distribution. The nice part is if you already had Gentoo installed and have been regularly updating the system, you already have the latest version installed. I’ve been using KDE 3.2 for a while now, and my laptop gets the occasional ‘wow’ from people who see how nice it looks and how easy it is to use.

With Gentoo, you get a cutting edge system at the expense of a fair bit of work to set things up (install is by hand, no wizards). It’s a terrific way to learn how Linux works, but if you prefer to just install Linux and start using it, the (free) MEPIS or (non-free)Lindows may be what you’re looking for. Just want to see what Linux is about? Knoppix and the aforementioned MEPIS can both be run directly from the CD without putting any files on your computer.

Sorry for the evangelism, but it seems to be a slow news day.