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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
To the novice user, moving across from Windows to Linux for the first time, the desktop screen of Gentoo Linux will have a more familiar feel than most other versions of the platform.
Appreciating that many Linux distros adopt a similar approach, Gentoo mirrors as closely as it is legal, the initial set-up of a Windows Vista-esque installation; with a standard taskbar, familiar icons, and everything pretty much ready to go. It’s only on closer inspection, things appear different. The default installed icons on the desktop invite you to install Adobe Flash, or launch either a Bug Tracker of Supper Forums. It’s with these, perhaps, that the novice’s hopes may crumble just a little.