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Gentoo Linux

Gentoo 2007.0 desktop
Website: www.gentoo.org
Company/
developer:
Gentoo Foundation
OS family: Linux
Source model: Open source, Free Software
Latest stable release: 2007.0 / May 7, 2007
Update method: Emerge
Package manager: Portage
Supported platforms: x86, x86-64, IA-64, PA-RISC; PowerPC 32/64, SPARC, DEC Alpha, ARM, MIPS, S390, sh
Kernel type: Monolithic kernel, Linux
Default user interface: Console, Framebuffer, X Window System (various)
License: Various
Working state: Current

The Gentoo Linux operating system (pronounced /ˈdʒɛntu/) is a Linux distribution named after the Gentoo penguin. It is designed to be modular, portable, easy to maintain, flexible, and optimized for the user's machine. All tools and utilities are built from source code. For convenience, however, several large software packages are also available as precompiled binaries for various architectures via the Portage system. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos and other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... It has been suggested that software publisher be merged into this article or section. ... 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Contents

History

Gentoo was initially created by Daniel Robbins as the Enoch Linux distribution. The goal was to create a distribution that was built from source code, tuned to the hardware, only included required programs, and decreased maintainer workload through scripting.[1] At least one version of Enoch was distributed: version 0.75, in December 1999.[2] This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Compilation issues revealed problems with the GNU Compiler Collection (gcc), used to build from source code. Daniel Robbins and the other contributors experimented with "forked" versions of gcc, finding a version that gave a 10% to 200% speed increase over the "official" gcc. At this point, Enoch gained a reputation for its speed, prompting the name change to Gentoo Linux (the Gentoo species is the fastest swimming penguin). The modifications eventually became part of the official gcc (version 2.95), and other Linux distributions experienced similar speed increases.[3] The GNU Compiler Collection (usually shortened to GCC) is a set of programming language compilers produced by the GNU Project. ... Binomial name (Forster, 1781) Penguin at the Arctowski Polish Antarctic base The Gentoo Penguin (pronounced ), Pygoscelis papua, is easily recognised by the wide white stripe extending like a bonnet across the top of its head. ...


After problems with a bug on his own system Robbins halted Gentoo Linux development and switched to FreeBSD for several months, later saying "I decided to add several FreeBSD features to make our autobuild system (now called Portage) a true next-generation ports system."[4] FreeBSD is a Unix-like free operating system descended from AT&T UNIX via the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) branch through the 386BSD and 4. ...


Gentoo Linux 1.0 was released 2002-03-31.[5] Also see: 2002 (number). ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (91st in leap years), with 275 days remaining. ...


Robbins had wanted Gentoo Linux to become a commercially successful project, but found an appropriate business model difficult to achieve. In 2004 he set up the non-profit Gentoo Foundation and transferred all copyrights and trademarks to it and stepped down as Chief Architect of the project; he later worked at Microsoft's Linux Lab for almost two years.[6][7]


The current board of 5 trustees was elected on October 21, 2006. There is also a subsidiary 7 member Gentoo Council whose members "decide on global issues and policies". The current Council members were elected September 11, 2006 by 121 active Gentoo developers. is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Portability

The Gentoo/FreeBSD logo, derived from the BSD Daemon

Although originally designed for the x86 architecture, it has been ported to many others and currently runs on the x86, x86-64, IA-64, PA-RISC; PowerPC, PowerPC 970, SPARC, MIPS, DEC Alpha, ARM, zSeries/s390, SuperH and 68k architectures. Gentoo was the first distribution to offer a fully functional 64-bit Linux computing environment (user space and the kernel) for the PowerPC 970 (G5). Image File history File links GentooFreeBSD-logo. ... Image File history File links GentooFreeBSD-logo. ... BSD Daemon, aka Beastie BSD Daemon is the BSD operating systems mascot, named after a daemon, a type of software program common on Unix-like operating systems, but taking the (albeit less arcane) shape of the classic mythical demon. ... It has been suggested that x86 assembly language be merged into this article or section. ... The AMD64 or x86-64 is a 64-bit processor architecture invented by AMD. It is a superset of the x86 architecture, which it natively supports. ... Itanium is the brand name for 64-bit Intel Microprocessors that implement the Intel Itanium architecture (formerly called IA-64). ... HP PA-RISC 7300LC Microprocessor PA-RISC is a microprocessor architecture developed by Hewlett-Packards Systems & VLSI Technology Operation. ... PowerPC is a RISC microprocessor architecture created by the 1991 Apple–IBM–Motorola alliance, known as AIM. Originally intended for personal computers, PowerPC CPUs have since become popular embedded and high-performance processors as well. ... PowerPC 970FX Processor In computing, the PowerPC 970, PowerPC 970FX, PowerPC 970GX, and PowerPC 970MP, are 64-bit processors in the PowerPC family from IBM. The PowerPC 970 was introduced in 2002. ... Sun UltraSPARC II Microprocessor Sun UltraSPARC T1 (Niagara 8 Core) SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) is a RISC microprocessor instruction set architecture originally designed in 1985 by Sun Microsystems. ... A MIPS R4400 microprocessor made by Toshiba. ... DEC Alpha AXP 21064 Microprocessor die photo Package for DEC Alpha AXP 21064 Microprocessor Alpha AXP 21064 bare die mounted on a business card with some statistics The DEC Alpha, also known as the Alpha AXP, is a 64-bit RISC microprocessor originally developed and fabricated by Digital Equipment Corp... The ARM architecture (previously, the Advanced RISC Machine, and prior to that Acorn RISC Machine) is a 32-bit RISC processor architecture developed by ARM Limited that is widely used in a number of embedded designs. ... An IBM z890 mainframe IBM eServer zSeries is a brand name of IBM which was designated to all IBM mainframes in 2000 with the e depicted in IBMs well-known red trademarked symbol. ... The SuperHichem (or SH) is brandname of a certain microcontroller and microprocessor architecture. ... The Motorola 680x0/0x0/m68k/68k/68K family of CISC microprocessor CPU chips were 32-bit from the start, and were the primary competition for the Intel x86 family of chips in personal computers of the 1980s and early 1990s. ... In computing, a 64-bit component is one in which data are processed or stored in 64-bit units (words). ... An operating system usually segregates the available system memory into kernel space and user space. ... PowerPC 970FX Processor In computing, the PowerPC 970, PowerPC 970FX, PowerPC 970GX, and PowerPC 970MP, are 64-bit processors in the PowerPC family from IBM. The PowerPC 970 was introduced in 2002. ...


There is also a "Gentoo for Mac OS X" project which allows Mac OS X users to use Gentoo's Portage to install packages, in a similar way to the one provided by Fink. Although still a work in progress, this project can coexist with Fink because it uses the same environment as Mac OS X instead of creating a new one. Mac OS X (official IPA pronunciation: ) is a line of proprietary, graphical operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc. ... In computing, the Fink project is an effort to port Unix programs to Mac OS X. Fink uses dpkg and APT (Debians package management system), as well as its own frontend program, fink (which is implemented as a set of Perl modules). ...


Portability toward other operating systems, such as BSD-derived ones, is under active development by the Gentoo/ALT project. The Gentoo/FreeBSD project already has a working release, while Gentoo/NetBSD, Gentoo/OpenBSD and Gentoo/DragonFly are being developed. There is also a project to get Portage working on the GNU Hurd although development is slow. BSD redirects here; for other uses see BSD (disambiguation). ... Gentoo/ALT is a Gentoo Linux project created to manage porting the Portage framework and other features to other operating systems, such as Mac OS X and the open source BSDs. ... Gentoo/FreeBSD is a Unix-like operating system developed by Gentoo Linux developers in order to bring Gentoo Linux design, structure, and tools such as Portage and the Gentoo Linux baselayout to the FreeBSD operating system. ... The GNU Hurd (usually referred to as the Hurd) is a computer operating system kernel. ...


Portage

Main article: Portage (software)

Portage is Gentoo's default package management system. It is similar in idea to the BSD ports collections: the original design was based on FreeBSD ports. Portage is written in Python and is the main utility that defines Gentoo from other Linux distributions. It consists of two main parts, the ebuild system and emerge. The ebuild system takes care of building and installing packages and emerge is a frontend that performs dependency resolution, executes ebuilds and tracks installed software. Portage is an advanced package management system. ... Illustration of a package management system being used to download new software. ... Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD, sometimes called Berkeley Unix) is the Unix derivative distributed by the University of California, Berkeley, starting in the 1970s. ... Ports collections (or ports trees, or just ports) are the sets of makefiles and patches provided by the BSD-based operating systems, FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD, as a simple method of installing software or creating binary packages. ... The FreeBSD Ports Collection provides an easy and consistent way of installing software ported to FreeBSD. It uses Makefiles laid out in a directory hierarchy, so software can be installed and deinstalled with the make command. ... Python is a high-level programming language first released by Guido van Rossum in 1991. ... An Ebuild is a bash script written for the Portage system of Gentoo Linux. ... Look up Emerge in Gentoo-wiki, the wiki about the Gentoo Linux distribution. ... In their most general meanings, the terms front end and back end refer to the initial and the end stages of a process flow. ...


Init system

Gentoo's init system is another important feature of its system. It is similar to the System V init system that most Linux distributions use, but uses dependency based scripts and named run levels rather than numbered ones. It also includes a command called rc-update which manages runlevels. init (short for initialization) is the program on Unix and Unix-like systems that spawns all other processes. ... AT&T UNIX System V was one of the versions of the UNIX operating system. ...


A faster init system known as initng is available and under active development on the Gentoo forums. This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ...


A new baselayout, baselayout-2, version is nearing completion, that moves core system scripts from bash scripting to C code. This change should make boot time and other lower level services faster[8].


Installation

Gentoo may be installed in several ways. The most common way is to use the Gentoo LiveCDs. As with many Linux distributions, it can also be installed by most LiveCDs and existing Linux installations. Gnoppix 0. ...


Installation of Gentoo can be completed by following the Gentoo Handbook. Additionally, several other methods of installation are listed in the Alternative Installation Method HOWTO; most of which are targeted at experienced users or users unable to boot from the Gentoo live CD.


As of version 2006.0, the Gentoo Foundation has released a GTK+ based installer to greatly simplify the process of installing the distribution from scratch.[1] More advanced users will note that the new installer also brings back the stage 1 installation (see below) as a common installation method.


Catalyst

Starting with 2004.0, Gentoo introduced a tool called Catalyst, which is used to build all Gentoo releases and can be used to build one's own customized install media.


Stages

Traditionally installation could be started from one of three base stages:

  • Stage1: System must be bootstrapped and the base system must be compiled.
  • Stage2: System has already been bootstrapped, but the base system must be compiled.
  • Stage3: System has already been bootstrapped and the base system already compiled.

As of November 2005, only stage3 installations are officially supported. Although tarballs for stage1 and stage2 are still distributed, the instructions for installing from these stages have been removed from the handbook and put into the Gentoo FAQ. To get an install similar to that of a stage1, you can complete a stage3 install, then optimize your CFLAGS and USE flags, followed by a simple emerge -e world. In computing, Bootstrapping refers to a process where a simple system activates another more complicated system that serves the same purpose. ... CFLAGS and CXXFLAGS are either the name of environment variables or of Makefile variables that can be set to specify additional switches to be passed to a compiler in the process of building computer software. ...


Version history

Even though the versioning system changed to years, the numbering version system still continues. For example, /etc/gentoo-release might contain "Gentoo Base System version 1.6.13" (Modified Aug. 26, 2005). These numbers are actually the version numbers of the sys-apps/baselayout package in Portage. March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (91st in leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Gentoo Reference Platform (GRP) is a snapshot of prebuilt packages that Gentoo Linux users can install during the installation of Gentoo to speed up the installation process. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...


Once Gentoo is installed, it becomes "versionless"; that is, once an emerge update is done, the system is at the latest version. If the system was installed from a 2005.0 CD and 2005.1 was released, an emerge update of the system effectively makes the installed 2005.0 system equivalent to the newly released 2005.1 installation.


Criticism

Gentoo has attracted criticism in a number of areas.

Long initial installation 
While many users praise the long, largely-manual installation process for what it teaches them about the under-pinnings of Linux, many others are confused or perturbed by it. The "Stage 3" installation is much easier, but remains significantly more daunting than nearly every other distribution. However, if Gentoo is "...all about choice and customization..." then it's inevitable that more choices need to be made.
Slow package installation 
Compiling from source means that packages are slower to install. In the extreme cases of KDE and OpenOffice.org, this will take hours, or even days on older hardware. Also compiling these packages requires a lot of hard disk space (4–6 GB for OpenOffice.org – see app-office/openoffice ebuild for more information). Generally, Gentoo users accept these delays as the cost of being able to apply their own compile-time options, but there are now pre-compiled binaries for large popular applications such as KDE, OpenOffice.org, and Mozilla Firefox. Using these binaries one loses the chance to customize the packages, but installation times are reduced to a few minutes.
Package manager does not handle reverse dependencies 
When removing a package, Portage does not check to see if any other installed packages still need it. Portage also does not check if upgrading a particular package would have a "ripple effect" on any other installed packages. Therefore it's possible to cause an installed application to malfunction by removing or upgrading another package it depends on. This can lead to users unknowingly breaking their systems by careless removal of packages, or upgrading a library to an incompatible version. For upgrades, there exists a revdep-rebuild utility (contained in the package 'gentoolkit') that scans the entire system and looks for packages that require a rebuild. This must be installed and run manually by the user. Unused reverse dependencies can be located and removed using emerge --depclean. This command analyzes the entire list of installed packages against the dependency tree of required packages and removes any packages no longer required. The dependency tree of required packages is defined by the list of packages installed by the user as recorded in /var/lib/portage/world. Unfortunately, it still does not consider packages which are dynamically linked. 'revdep-rebuild' should be used to resolve this issue as well. --depclean should only be run after a successful sync and deep update of world to make sure the defined dependency tree is accurate.
Requires a good Internet connection 
This seems to be related to downloading sources prior to building packages. However, any other distribution that has internet updates has to download binary packages instead, and the sizes of binary and source packages are usually comparable. In an effort to ease this requirement, the necessary files can be pre-fetched with the emerge -f or --fetchonly flag, or they can be downloaded in the background while compiling by enabling the parallel-fetch feature.

KDE (K Desktop Environment) (IPA: ) is a free software project which aims to be a powerful system for an easy-to-use desktop environment. ... OpenOffice. ... OpenOffice. ... KDE (K Desktop Environment) (IPA: ) is a free software project which aims to be a powerful system for an easy-to-use desktop environment. ... OpenOffice. ... Mozilla Firefox is a graphical web browser developed by the Mozilla Corporation, and a large community of external contributors. ...

Logo and mascots

The official Gentoo logo is the stylized G resembling a silver magatama. Unofficial mascots include Larry the cow and Knurt the flying saucer. In fact as Larry appeared originally on the official website, it can be considered semi-official. However, there is much controversy around Larry, laid out in several heated debates on the Gentoo forums, mainly because of his/her gender ambiguity. Magatama Magatama(Japanese: 勾玉), are curved beads which first appeared in Japan during the Jomon period. ...


Gentoo-based distributions

Flash Linux is a Linux distribution that can fit onto a 256mb USB pen drive. ... Gentoox is a version of Gentoo Linux, created especially for the Xbox by Thomas Pedley. ... Description Knopperdisk is a new Linux distribution specifically designed for a USB pen drive and floppy disks. ... Screenshot of the Xgl abilities of the Kororaa live CD Kororaa is a Gentoo based Linux distribution which aims at easy installing of a Gentoo system by using install scripts instead of manually configuration. ... Pentoo Screenshot Pentoo is a Linux LiveCD distribution similar to Knoppix, but based off of Gentoo and uses GNOME. It provide the user with a complete toolset for penetration testing and security assessment in minutes, while booting directly off the cd. ... SabayonLinux (formerly known as RR4 Linux/RR64 Linux) is a Gentoo-based Linux distribution created by Fabio Erculiani. ... SystemRescueCD is a version of the Linux computer operating system on a bootable CD-ROM disc (a LiveCD), useful for repairing unbootable systems and retrieving data after a system crash. ... Ututo is a GNU/Linux distribution based on Gentoo with the main goal of producing an operating system comprised entirely of free software. ... VidaLinux is a Linux distribution based on Gentoo. ...

See also

Free software Portal

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References

  1. ^ http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/articles/making-the-distro-p1.xml
  2. ^ http://public.planetmirror.com/pub/enoch/enoch-0.75
  3. ^ http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/articles/making-the-distro-p2.xml
  4. ^ http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/articles/making-the-distro-p3.xml
  5. ^ http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/03/31/2123251
  6. ^ http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/04/26/2259211
  7. ^ http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/06/13/2137239
  8. ^ http://www.gentoo.org/news/en/gwn/20070416-newsletter.xml

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:

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Official

  • Gentoo website
  • Embedded Gentoo (Official Embedded Site)

Community

  • Gentoo Wiki
  • Gentoo Community Portal (was larrythecow.com) - a large directory of Gentoo related websites (dead link as of 30-Apr-07).
  • Gentoo Community News (was larrythecow.net) - a news site similar to slashdot featuring Gentoo related articles.(dead link as of 30-Apr-07).
  • Planet Larry - an aggregation of Gentoo user blogs
  • Gentoo-Portage - An online searchable version of the portage tree.
  • Quickstart install - Quick and dirty install guide.
  • Embedded Gentoo How To for x86 - x86 Embedded How-to
  • PFL - Portage File List - search for files in packets
  • PFS - Portage File Search - search for files in packets

Press

  • E-Trade VP Talks Open Source January 26, 2006, eweek.com (Pages 3-5) E*Trade's Vice President of Architecture Lee Thompson talks about how he uses Gentoo.

E*TRADE NYSE: ET is a financial services company based in New York City. ...

Miscellaneous

  • Gentoo at DistroWatch

Security vulnerabilities

  • Secunia advisories for Gentoo (including patched and unpatched vulnerabilities)
  • Gentoo Linux Security Advisories

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