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Gentoo: A critical look at the QA process

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Gentoo The QA team has said that there is some sort of “policy” on masking packages that break reverse dependencies. I’ll subscribe that that policy for the sake of not breaking users machines on purpose, however, let’s take a look at the current case study:

KDE 4.5.4 for Mandriva, Not Gentoo

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Extreme Configurability with Gentoo Linux

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Gentoo 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.

Ubuntu-isms suck

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Ubuntu Do you wanna know why Ubuntu-isms suck? Because they make software non-portable. I have just spend a few hours to try to get Synapse, an alternative to the stagnant and buggy Gnome-Do, into my Gentoo Overlay.

Moving from Gentoo to Ubuntu for a while

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riconthego.blogspot: With much teasing or coaxing from Ax, I've installed Ubuntu Linux on my Toshiba P20, replacing the installation of Gentoo Linux on it.

Should we be lesser GNUs?

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Gentoo I have sincere doubts when people insist on calling Gentoo a GNU/Linux distribution, mostly because we’re well versed in supporting non-GNU Free Software alternatives, even if sometimes it’s quite difficult to do so.

Architectures and Gentoo

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armin762.wordpress: In gentoo we support 13 different architectures. Although amd64 and x86 are the most common and popular, they are only 2 architectures of the total 13 we support, so i thought i could write about the rest of the architectures and their status on Gentoo.

Larry The Cow Graphics Contest

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Gentoo Larry the cow is our prized mascot and he is not getting the respect he deserves. Just about every other Linux distribution, their mascot is adorned on t-shirts and other types of schwag, but not our Larry, he cannot even decide his gender. Please help up fix this.

planet larry needs a new home

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Web Alright, so in my quest to move forward with my life, I'm going to be discarding certain projects that I really haven't been making a priority. Planet Larry is one of those.

Broken every other week

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Gentoo I’m seriously disappointed in Gentoo; even after my last post on the topic the Gentoo quality seems to be on a downward spiral, rather than climbing up. The problem is social: too many developers don’t give a f*ck.

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