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Why Gentoo is a Great Server Distribution (a Rebuttal)

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Some history: I’ve been using Linux since 1998, when a friend of mine showed me RedHat 5.0. I was instantly hooked, and over the years I’ve spent a lot of time using various flavors of Linux and other Open Source tools. For the past 6 years or so, it’s been my job to administer Linux systems. I’ve used various distributions for this task: RedHat, Fedora, Debian, and Gentoo.

When I read Why Gentoo Shouldn’t be on Your Server, I felt Gentoo was getting a bad rap. I’m currently using Gentoo on a number of production servers for a fairly heavily-used website. Gentoo has simplified my administration tasks greatly, and allowed me the flexibility I need to build the best possible set of systems to handle the job at hand.

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My current setup has 10 identical machines running Gentoo. One of them I’ve designated as my ‘build server.’

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