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Noncommercial Linux distro no. 3: Gentoo Linux

Gentoo Linux is the third noncommercial Linux distro in a slideshow on options for the enterprise.


Distro no. 3: Gentoo Linux

Larry the Cow with Gentoo
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Gentoo Linux

Current version: 10.1
Supported hardware platforms: IA-32, x86-64, IA-64, PA-RISC, PowerPC 32/64, SPARC 64-bit,  Alpha
Code base: Gentoo
Number of users/downloads: Unavailable

Gentoo calls itself a "metadistribution" because it's flexible enough to transform into a secure server, development workstation or even powerhouse gaming machine. This adaptability is in part thanks to Portage, the software distribution system for Gentoo.

Portage includes a custom package-building and system installation program so users can choose their settings and optimize Gentoo for a particular hardware configuration. It also includes more than 10,000 packages available for installation.

Gentoo developer Sebastian Pipping notes that this flexibility is a driving source for many industries' adoption of the distro, including Web hosting companies. Engine Yard and domainFACTORY use Gentoo. Misa Digital has even crafted a MIDI guitar with the distribution.

Gentoo's flexibility to go from business operating system to video-game portal makes this a solid choice for enterprises that need custom features to meet ever-changing business goals.


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This was last published in July 2010

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