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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Linux distributions often live and die on the strength of their respective communities. Such is the case with the Gentoo Linux distribution, which canceled its last release in 2007 but has now emerged in 2008 with a new release.
Tanned, rested and ready?
Developers are hopeful that the 2008.0 release will put Gentoo back on track as the project aims to regain momentum and mindshare with open source developers. The latest release of Gentoo comes on the heals of a hot release season for Linux. Red Hat, Ubuntu and openSUSE are all planning to release updates.
"From a community perspective, the 2008.0 release is a big deal as 2007.1 was canceled and never saw the light of day," Gentoo founder, Daniel Robbins, told InternetNews.com. "So the fact that the Gentoo release engineering team was able to reset the release process, improve their interaction with the Gentoo community and then successfully release 2008.0 from the ashes of 2007.1 was a big achievement."
Gentoo developers consider their distribution to be a meta-distribution since users can customize their distributions with the Gentoo Portage system of continuously updated packages. As such the 2008.0 release serves as an updated installation medium for Gentoo users and gives new users more recent versions of software for their base system.