Oct 6, 2009

Gentoo Linux 10 review : Linux 2u

Gentoo is a free operating system based on either Linux or FreeBSD that can be automatically optimized and customized for just about any application or need. Extreme configurability, performance and a top-notch user and developer community are all hallmarks of the Gentoo experience.

Release Date : 2009-10-05
Whats New in Gentoo10:
Gentoo Celebrates 10 Years.
The LiveDVD features a superb list of packages, some of which are listed below.
System packages include: Linux Kernel 2.6.30 (with gentoo patches), Accessibility Support with Speakup 3.1.3, BASH 4.0, GLIBC 2.9, GCC 4.3.2. Binutils 2.18, Python 2.6.2, Perl 5.8.8, and more.
Desktop Environments and window managers include: KDE 4.3.1, GNOME 2.26.3, Xfce 4.6.1, Enlightenment, Openbox, Fluxbox 1.1.1, TWM 1.0.4, and more.
Office, graphics, and productivity applications include: OpenOffice 3.1.1, G/Vim 7.2.182, Abiword 2.6.4, GNUCash 2.2.9, Scribus, GIMP 2.6.4, Inkscape 0.46, Blender 2.49a, XSane 0.996, and much more.
Web browsers include: Mozilla Firefox (Minefield) 3.5.3, Arora 0.7.11, Opera 10.0, Epiphany 2.26.3, Galeon 2.0.4, Seamonkey 1.1.17, and other favorites.
Communication tools include: Pidgin 2.5.9, Quassel 0.5, Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.23, Claws Mail 3.7.2, Ekiga 2.0.12, Qtwitter 0.7.1, irssi 0.8.13, and many more.
Multimedia applications include: Amarok 2.1.1, MPlayer 1.0_rc4, DvdAuthor 0.6.14, LAME 3.98.2, FFMPEG 0.5_p19928, GNOME-MPlayer 0.9.7, SMPlayer 0.6.6, and several others.
The Gentoo-Ten LiveDVD is available in two flavors, a hybrid x86/x86_64 version, and an x86_64-only version.

Screen Shot:
Srceen shot for Gentoo 10 is found here

Desktop Experience:
Stable very stable.

Multimedia :
Have old MPlayer 0.9.7, SMPlayer 0.6.6 for Gnome. Overall we can say its a good experience.

Gentoo Handbook:
Gentoo Handbook or installation guide can be found in many language below
My suggestion is to read first this manual then go for installation its really helpful.

Download Link
size: 32Bit 2,558MB & 64Bit 2,651MB.

It is really a distro worth for a try.

My Rating : 4/5
Ranking on Distrowatch.com : 17.

I am waiting for your reviews or comments for this fantastic stable distro.


  1. Sorry friend I don't like Gentoo, because my previous experience was not good.

  2. You glossed over one MAJOR shortcoming: Gentoo 10.0 LiveCD doesn't even allow hard drive installation. That has to be the single dumbest idea I have ever heard of. True enough, some distros are LiveCD only, but I've never seen a standard/full distro that has a LiveCD that's only for looking at. SUSE, Ubuntu, Zenwalk, Mandriva, Fedora, Sidux, etc. all allow direct installation from the live disk.

    Secondly, most of the software on the LiveCD isn't even marked stable (KDE 4.3 or Gnome 2.26 for example) That means you'd have to unmask all the required packages. That isn't a total disaster, but it's a bit of false advertisement as someone new to Gentoo would be a little confused on how to do so correctly.

    Thirdly, and most embarrassingly, my internet didn't even work. I use a standard broadband connection, and simple configuration with DHCP would have made it work. Out of all the LiveCDs I named, plus Windows XP & Vista, Gentoo 10.0 is the only LiveCD or OS that didn't automatically have my connection up.

    To sum it up: Gentoo is great, but the new LiveDVD is a complete waste of time.

  3. Thanks for your valuable information on Gentoo 10.

  4. Apart from being false advertisement, I could never boot the live DVD. I tried all option, but it always stuck at about 80%.
    This DVD was a total waste of time and from now on Gentoo is a rip thing for me.

  5. You've got to love pain to download a DVD that has no installer. The devs at Gentoo have the same mentality as drug dealers, show you all the glitz, then make you pay with time and effort to install a distro that will be a horrible experience for as long as you leave it on your hard drive.

    There is no 'upside to Gentoo' unless you give the DVD to your worst enemy or competition.

  6. what a bunch of frustrated

  7. You guy's are fools. I reply here using the Gentoo Live DVD on an HP EliteBook.

    livecd ~ # uname -rv
    2.6.30-gentoo-r6 #1 SMP Sun Oct 4 12:59:41 UTC 2009
    livecd ~ #

    My Gentoo installation at work is going on 2 years continuous uptime.

    This is a killer meta-distribution.

    Thanks, bye.

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