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Stepping Up for Gentoo

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Any day now, we should start seeing four more faces on the backs of milk cartons: those of the apparently vanished members of the former Gentoo Foundation who have apparently resigned from the five-member board.

This news came to me from Daniel Robbins, whom I contacted earlier today to ask him if he'd heard anything from the Gentoo Foundation about his Jan. 11 offer to resume his status as president of the Foundation.

Robbins offer came after it was learned that the Foundation members had apparently let the Foundation charter expire, thus revoking the Foundation's status as a legal entity. Hence my use of the word "former" to describe the Foundation.

On his blog, Robbins publicly offered to "return and serve as President of the Gentoo Foundation, renew its charter, and then work in some capacity to help to get Gentoo going in the right direction from a legal, community and technical perspective."
Earlier this afternoon, here's what Robbins wrote me:

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Seems like a dead horse that has outlived it's usefulness.

What does Gentoo bring to the market that the other distro's don't (except alot of unnecessary complexity for virtually no real world payoff).

Re: Gentoo

Total control, that's about it. I use Gentoo full-time on two machines and love it... I couldn't imagine moving to a different one. If I didn't have a fair amount of time to waste, I might consider a different distro, but for now it's good. I love Portage, it's a great packaging system.

So, Gentoo still has it's place for power-users. It might be more complex than other distros, but once you have things set up nicely, it's usually smooth-sailing afterwards.

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