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Gentoo Linux 2008.0 released

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The 2008.0 final release is out! Code-named "It's got what plants crave," this release contains numerous new features including an updated installer, improved hardware support, a complete rework of profiles, and a move to Xfce instead of GNOME on the LiveCD.

Also: New council elected

Gentoo (or Finding Linux Nirvana)

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pc-eye.blogspot: I have been making some fairly significant changes to my forensic boxes by replacing Debian Etch and Ubuntu 7.10 respectively with Gentoo 2008.0 (still in beta at the moment but apparently stable).

Gentoo Monthly Newsletter -- 30 June 2008

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The June issue of the Gentoo Monthly Newsletter has been released. In this month's issue: LinuxTag and FliSoL, GSOC interview, Gentoo in space, and more!

Follow-Up: Attack on Exherbo.org machine

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ahfaeroey.wordpress: Some of you might have read my previous blog post about the attack on Exherbo’s quote database that I wrote about yesterday. As promised I am going to write a follow up post about how this was handled and what the result of the cooperation with Gentoo’s infrastructure team was.

Gentoo developer attacks Exherbo.org machine

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ahfaeroey.wordpress: Yesterday Exherbo’s Quote database experienced a very primitive attack. The purpose was to turn all the rank values on our quotes into negative numbers. In this post we are going to analyse the log files from the attack and see “who did this”.

Does Gentoo make sense?

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ceki.blogspot: When I mention to colleagues in the IT industry that compiling packages before installing them on a computer is a good thing, they either give me a blank look or an ever slight smirk. What is the point wasting many hours waiting for some package to compile instead of fetching the binaries from a repository and have it installed in seconds?

Why I Use Gentoo?

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rahulthewall.wordpress: I have been asked this question many times. And of course the assumption is that I am some sort of a masochist who enjoys wasting time on compiling packages. However, that is not entirely true. There are some other reasons.

On Gentoo Releases and stuff

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blog.i-no.de: When I got more involved with Gentoo, the release team was aiming to release the then-pending release (2007.1) in early December. Eventually, that date slipped time and again. It was decided to drop the entire release and do a new one (2008.0). Again, the dates kept slipping. Now, the question is why a release is slipping time and again.

Never Heard of Exherbo? Never Will, Either.

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crn.com: In the open-source world, it's fairly commonplace for developers to modify an existing application and create a new application. We don't begrudge developers their fun, but Exherbo made us pause. It shares a lot of concepts from Gentoo, but Exherbo's developers claim that it is not a true Gentoo fork.

The Exherbo brouhaha

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kmandla.wordpress: Don’t fault yourself as clueless just because you haven’t heard about the Exherbo yet. The distro-to-be seems to have gotten some attention for making it clear that your help is not needed, thank you very much.

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A Look At The Huge Performance Boosts With Nouveau Mesa 17.0-devel On Maxwell

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