If we allow ourselves to think out of the box, we will realize that the Microsoft NT kernel is an alternative to Linux, that is both proven and commercial-grade. It has support from nearly all hardware vendors in the world, and practically every PC comes with an license for the NT kernel. This means: the monetary cost of a copy of the NT kernel is close to non-existent for the average end-user.
Sean Michael Kerner has written up a nice article on internetnews.com about Gentoo 2005.0 with quotes from Chris Gianelloni including future plans for embedded devices and such. A nice read.
Gentoo 2005.0 released
Gentoo Linux is proud to bring you the long awaited Gentoo Linux 2005.0 release!
This release has had a few setbacks including a complete security rebuild, but with the help of the many teams within the Gentoo developer community, we believe that this release will be one of the best that we have ever had.
Gentoo Linux 2005.0 for x86 is now complete, and we will begin fulfilling x86 pre-orders today! AMD64 and PowerPC should start shipping very shortly as well.
Please note that 2005.0 is not yet available for download on Gentoo mirrors -- the Store is getting 2005.0 a week in advance of it appearing on various Gentoo mirrors worldwide. This is a good thing, as it will give us several days to catch up on Store pre-orders.
Due to a set of remotely exploitable bugs in Gaim and Mozilla-Firefox and locally exploitable bugs in QT and Kdelibs found in the last few hours before a final 2005.0 release was completed, it was decided by all of the members of Release Engineering to rebuild the release media to resolve these bugs, prior to release.
eWeek has a write up gentoo linux this morning. They say some nice things, but then "hesitate to recommend Gentoo for broad production use" because it "is for the most part a 'from source' distribution" and "the amount of time compilation requires".