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> Gentoo 2004.0 Released
Corey
post Mar 2 2004, 11:37 AM
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Through a little bit of confusion, Gentoo 2004.0 was released yesterday, in what people joked as the biggest version number inflation since Slackware. (Going from 1.4 to 2004.0)

Gentoo is the premeir source-based distribution available today. It features a large community, stable software and a BSD ports-like package management system.

I've been a full-fledged Gentoo user since I switched from Debian in August of last year. Since this time, I've fell in love with how organized and easy Gentoo is once it's installed.

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"Gentoo Linux is proud to announce the release of Gentoo Linux 2004.0 for the x86, AMD64, PowerPC, Sun SPARC, and SGI MIPS architectures. Additionally, the Gentoo Hardened team is announcing the inaugural release of a security-enhanced Gentoo platform for the x86 architecture. In addition to many bugfixes and security updates since the 1.4 release, Gentoo Linux 2004.0 contains a cutting-edge development toolchain and user environment including, but not limited to, Linux kernel 2.6.3, GCC 3.3.2, GLIBC 2.3.2, KDE 3.2, GNOME 2.4.2, and xfce4."


Here is the press release:
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Author: John Davis, Gentoo Release Operations Manager

For immediate publication:

Gentoo Linux is proud to announce the release of Gentoo Linux 2004.0
for the x86, AMD64, PowerPC, Sun SPARC, and SGI MIPS architectures.
Additionally, the Gentoo Hardened team is announcing the inaugural release
of a security-enhanced Gentoo platform for the x86 architecture.

In addition to many bugfixes and security updates since the 1.4 release,
Gentoo Linux 2004.0 contains a cutting-edge development toolchain and user
environment including, but not limited to, Linux kernel 2.6.3, GCC 3.3.2,
GLIBC 2.3.2, KDE 3.2, GNOME 2.4.2, and xfce4.

We are pleased to announce the new Gentoo Store [1].  Available
at the Gentoo Store are Gentoo Linux LiveCDs that come complete
with the on-CD Gentoo Installation Handbook, 2004.0 Release Notes [2]
and optimized pre-compiled binary packages. Users who want to
stay up-to-date for 2004 can purchase a subscription
that offers the shipment of each quarterly 2004.x release sent straight to their door.
Those wishing to donate to Gentoo Linux can now do so in an easy and secure manner
utilizing the new donation system. The Gentoo Store accepts PayPal, Visa,
Mastercard, and Discover for both orders and donations.

Gentoo Linux 2004.0 marks the debut of Catalyst, the new Gentoo release meta-tool. Using
Catalyst, developers and users can create and customize every aspect of
their Gentoo Linux system; from installation stages, to bootable LiveCDs, to
customized binary packages for the Gentoo Reference Platform (GRP). For more
information on Catalyst, please see the Catalyst project page and online
documentation [3].


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I really like gentoo ... and I learned alot about linux the first time I installed it (version 1.2 I think). The only thing I ever did that taught me more about linux was going through an install of LinuxFromScratch....

Don't do it on a machine you have to have running today! (It took me 3 days to do a stage 1 install on a dual P4 xeon processor machine with U160 hard drives and zero problems!) .... but if you can follow the directions in the install manual, gentoo is fun to install ... and the workstation you get is usually faster than either RedHat or SuSE (if you have a p3, p4, or AMD Athlon processor) because all the packages are compiled with optimizations for your processor and not just an i586 (or even worse an i386).

Just for information, I used these settings in my /etc/make.conf for a Pentium 4 chip:
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CFLAGS="-Os -march=pentium4 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -msse -mmmx -msse2"

CXXFLAGS="${CFLAGS}"

CHOST="i686-pc-linux-gnu"

MAKEOPTS="-j3"

USE="wxwindows samba mozilla gtk2 cdr dvd alsa bonobo videos oss mysql"


I also like the selection of software available ... the only other comparable distro is Debian SID using apt-get ... pretty much everything you want is in portage and you can install it with:

emerge -uD package_name

And while the updates take a while to run in the backgound ... after the machine is up and running, normally the other updates will just run in a terminal window while you are doing other things on the machine .... You just may have to restart X if you have an XFree86 update or restart the computer if X or Gnome or KDE changed, etc... when all the updates are complete.

I would recommend it as the next level for someone who wants to get better at installing and maintaining Linux....
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I would not personally use it on a production Server ... I would certianly use it on a production workstation.


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Johnny Hughes
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Enterprise Alternatives: CentOS, WhiteBoxEL
Favorite Workstation Distros (in order): CentOS, Gentoo, Debian Sarge, Ubuntu, Mandrake, FedoraCore, Slackware, SUSE
Favorite Server Distros (in order): CentOS, WhiteBoxEL, Debian Sarge, Slackware, Mandrake, FedoraCore, Gentoo, SUSE
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