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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Another distro in the seven distros included in Linux Format Magazine issue #110 is Gentoo 2008.0. This is an interesting release given the recent news that, at least for the time being, Gentoo is not going to be releasing these discs anymore. Apparently for both of the last two years there has been a lot of trouble with compiling the LiveCDs.
On the one hand, yearly (or biannual like Ubuntu) releases are redundant for Gentoo users. You just install Gentoo and from then on you just emerge newer versions of packages and always stay up to date. I have to say this is one of the features that makes Gentoo very attractive to me considering all the problems I’ve had with Fedora in-place upgrades. But if they are no longer making these annual LiveCDs, what will the Linux magazines feature on their distro discs? After all, there are people who have bandwidth issues and can’t download Linux distros to instasll. They are dependent upon magazines to carry the latest releases. And you know the magazine isn’t going to make a LiveCD for Gentoo. I still think that a yearly snapshot makes sense. Also, there has to be a starting point from which the user has a rolling updating system.
Since the whole point of using Gentoo is to install a custom distro, I decided that I would install it to my computer instead of evaluating the LiveCD as all there is to Gentoo.