Where does Gentoo fit in?
Posted Apr 9, 2004 13:07 UTC (Fri) by Duncan
Parent article: Which is the best distribution?
Gentoo is generating a LOT of community activity, due to its extremely
active user community. I agree (in general) with the conclusions of the
article on the big traditional distributions, and I can't point out one
category where Gentoo should definitely be included, because I simply
don't KNOW enough about it as there seems to be almost a conspiracy of
silence about it (witness this article, with it's general claims to review
"the best" in several categories, not even /mentioning/ Gentoo, even in a
warning, or a disclaimer of to little data, similar to that for Sun's
"Java"-Desktop), but I'd LIKE to know how it stacks up.
At this point, and claiming as it does that the opinion of the community
was included, the failure to mention Gentoo in the context of Linux
distribs could be considered as grave an error as was the light treatment
of Linux in business IT textbooks, as covered in a recent LWN story. Just
as I'd consider such a textbook author to have not done their homework if
they failed to consider Linux a mentionable OS (while mentioning MSWormOS
as /several/ OSs), someone that fails to consider Gentoo a mentionalble
distrib, in a story about "the best" Linux distribs, given the noise about
it in the community (look at LWN comments) and the fact that Slack WAS
mentioned, with far LESS activity, cannot IMO be considered to have done
their homework either.
Note that I'm saying this NOT as a Gentoo user, as I'm using Mandrake, but
as a Linux user curious to know what the author thinks of Gentoo, given
all the noise it generates, and seriously interested enough in it
presently to have installing it and learning it in a dual boot environment
with my current Mandrake, as my current project.
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