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I was very excited when I read the release announcement for a new Linux distribution based on Gentoo Linux. I used Gentoo for several years and admire Sabayon Linux, so I was quite anxious to test another derivative. After all the testing I was pleased to find that Toorox 06.2009 delivers a true Gentoo experience but is much easier to install and use.

Introduction

Toorox Linux ships as a live DVD featuring KDE 4.2.4, Linux 2.6.28, and lots of useful applications. It uses KNOPPIX hardware detection, but what makes Toorox stand out is its extra tools and utilities.

One interesting feature set is the system installation tools. From the live DVD environment one can choose to install to a hard drive or USB stick. These tools aren't especially elaborate, but they get the job done. The best thing for me was the ability to install on a partition further down the disk than 16. One can select one of the listed partitions or input the desired number. Beyond the install partition the simple installer only asks for a user account, root password, and whether to install GRUB. What makes these installers outstanding is the fact that they work, which is a goal that Gentoo developers themselves continue to struggle with.

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([$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for July 23, 2009)




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