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After using Mandrake versions 7, 8, 9, Redhat 8.0, Fedora Core 1, and Slackware 9.0, I had come to the conclusion that the way to fix linux was to re-install it. However, I now know that this is not the case. Because of Gentoo's customizabliity, I was able to fix my mistakes and learn ALOT about linux.
Gentoo linux is (as you have probably heard before) a VERY customizable distro of linux. At first this scared me away, but it isn't NEARLY as difficult as it seems. Once you boot the CD your nework will automatically connect if you have a linux compatable NIC. Then, Gentoo downloads all the packages and installs them so you get the most up-to-date version. That's pretty much it
Gentoo is fast, reliable, and highly configurable. Not only that, but it has package managment too! If you want mozilla firefox, then simply "emerge mozilla-firefox". If you want KDE, then "emerge kde". And that's it. You don't need to know where anything is at on the internet, Gentoo automatically downloads and compiles everything for you!
The only real challenging thing that I find is two things: 1. X and KDE aren't preinstalled, and 2. It takes a LONG LONG time to install, and isn't as much "start it and leave it alone" as other distros.
Those two things aside, Gentoo is an AWESOME distro, and I would recommend it to almost anyone!!
Product Details: "Gentoo Linux 2004.2" by cato4liberty - posted: 08-15-2004 - Rating: 9.56