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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
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"Gentoo Linux is proud to announce the immediate availability of a new, special edition live DVD to celebrate this monumental occasion. The live DVD features a superb list of packages, some of which are listed here: system packages - Linux kernel 2.6.30 (with Gentoo patches), accessibility support with Speakup 3.1.3, Bash 4.0, glibc 2.9, GCC 4.3.2; desktop environments and window managers - KDE 4.3.1, GNOME 2.26.3, Xfce 4.6.1, Enlightenment 0.16.8.15, Openbox 188.8.131.52, Fluxbox 1.1.1, TWM 1.0.4; office, graphics, and productivity applications - OpenOffice.org 3.1.1, AbiWord 2.6.4, GnuCash 2.2.9, Scribus 184.108.40.206, GIMP 2.6.4, Inkscape 0.46, Blender 2.49a.... The Gentoo 10.0 live DVD is available in two flavors - a hybrid x86/x86_64 edition, and an x86_64-only edition."
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Fast and stable
takes time to build everything
It's not hard to install. You just need to print out the handbook and follow every step.<br>
It just takes time because you have to configure, compile and install all packages, but once you have it all done, runs smooth like silk
Distribution: Slackware, Gentoo (trying to) on the laptop
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Highly customizable, with a highly principled premise via compiling things from source
Requires patience, a lot of patience.
I'm trying to install it on my laptop at the moment. It does take an open mind to how configuration is done. Coming from primarily a Slackware background, finding things takes getting used to. But, the documentation is there, it's detailed. But, according to a personal friend of mine whose gone through trials with it, gave me tips atypical of the advice given in the Gentoo handbook.
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Ability to configure precisely for one's own hardware
The primary package manager depends on Python. This slows down initial loading, but doesn't seem to otherwise adversly affect the system.
If you enjoy building an operating system specifically for your hardware, and you don't mind the fact that everything is built from the source code, this is an excellent distribution. There are both stable and development branches of code for pretty much everything one might need. I use the amd64 development branch, with the compiler flags tweaked for the AMD Phenom II family of processors.
I've found one spurious issue that is easily fixed:
When first building the system [emerge -e system], use "MAKEOPTS='-j1'". On a multi-core processor, sometimes the gmake parallel build process results in the occasional package not being built properly, or at all. At least for me, this has fixed all compile-time errors not related to some error in development code.
Gnome is the default X windowing system, although KDE and XFCE are also available. The only thing wrong with the Gnome setup is that Evolution is built as the mail client if one merges the Gnome meta-build rather than the individual packages that comprise Gnome.