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Review: Gentoo 2007.0

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I'll freely admit that it has been a long time since I've used a pure version of Gentoo. By a long time, I mean I used my friend's broadband to download the "stage 1" Gentoo V1.0 installer. Some five years later, I'm quite excited to revisit an old flame.

Saying a lot has happened since the 1.0 release would make for the largest understatement on this site. Dozens of distributions are reaching the stage where they all equal Windows for out-the-box simplicity and power with many outstripping Windows by some distance.

Gentoo's core development has recently been having some issues with an exodus of developers last summer and subsequent power struggles... Indeed, some of the issues that caused the problems back then sprung up again before the 2007.0 release and caused further delays.

But onto business. I played with the LiveDVD and in hindsight, if you're considering testing Gentoo 2007.0, I would not recommend this at all — just too much stuff you'll never use — so I'd get the LiveCD instead.

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