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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Gentoo is one of the most talked and noted Linux distributions that have been in active development stage for last 6-7 years. Although there are only a limited number of followers for Gentoo when compared with some other distributions such as Ubuntu, Gentoo has been delivering a best Linux distribution suited for power users. Let’s have a look at the nature of Gentoo first.
Gentoo was developed to fill a gap in the Linux distribution sphere. “Customizability” was this gap and no other Linux distribution offered the level of customizability and configurability the inventors of Gentoo looked for. Therefore, they decided to create their own distribution. As a result, Gentoo was highly customizable and configurable. But this advantage came with a cost. Due to extreme customizability and configurability, Gentoo was considered as one of “technical” Linux distributions, so the general public was little reluctant to adopt Gentoo for their general use. The Linux power users loved what Gentoo offered and the same reputation scared general users away.
There were a few issues in Gentoo that really didn’t work for the general Linux user. But on the other hand, these were the core strengths of Gentoo which offered the extreme configurability and customizability that it is reputed for.