Gentoo Linux 2006.1 review

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In one respect, Gentoo Linux 2006.1 is the same as it's always been, except with newer software on the installation media. Beginning with version 2006.0, though, a graphical environment was added to the live CD along with an installation program that rarely worked properly. The good news is, the installer works reasonably well in Gentoo 2006.1; the bad news is, it's still quicker and easier to install by hand via the command line.

Gentoo Linux overview

This section is for people new to Gentoo Linux. If you're already familiar with this OS, skip down to the next section to read about the new features and improvements in 2006.1.

What's new in 2006.1

s mentioned above, the only real reason for new Gentoo "releases" is to update the installation media. So 2006.1 offers an updated kernel (2.6.17-gentoo-r7) with expanded hardware support, and a much-improved installation utility on the live CD. A 1GB live DVD is also available; it serves the same purpose as the live CD except it has more binary packages.

Here are the rest of the highlights in the 2006.1 release:

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