I have been using Linux since '97 and Gentoo since the spring of '01; it is by far the easiest
distribution to install: the documentation is exemplary in its clarity and any problems can
usually be solved by searching the ever helpful forums.
But I sometime wonder where it is going as a distribution. I chose it because it was, and so
far remains ideal for my purposes: I only need the minimum of Xwindow functions to
manage a small network, my servers are minimalist LAMPs. But every update of the portage
tree does bring an ever greater variety of packages I really do not need, and the install CD
and instructions have grown alarmingly. It seems much of the original simplicity (LFS
without the effort) has been obscured. 'Creeping Featurism' is the phrase that comes to
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