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Just switched to the Paludis package manager

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| Paludis Gentoo Package Manager
| I just converted from Portage to Paludis about 30 minutes ago on my Gentoo
| system. Paludis is an alternative package manager for the very buggy Portage
| maintained by Gentoo. This new package manager is supposed to make it easier
| to add new packages.
| In past, Gentoo had a reputation for being bleeding edge. You could install
| the latest packages straight from Portage even with unmasking them. The
| developers in the past were great in adding ’stable’ new packages for Gentoo
| users. Now, with a large number of Gentoo developers leaving, or some would
| say, defecting, Portage cannot be maintained as it used to be in the past.
| This, in turn, has created many problems sometimes resulting in broken
| systems.


Gentoo has decided to make a release every year.

New release strategy to provide more current install media

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| In future releases, Gentoo will focus on a more back-to-basics approach that
| will give you up-to-date install media on a regular basis and make much
| better use of our human resources. We're looking into automated weekly builds
| of the minimal CDs and stage tarballs as well as maybe an annual LiveCD
| release. We will keep you updated as we decide on the details of this new
| approach.



Gentoo Linux 2008.0 released

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| LiveDVDs are not available for x86 or amd64, although they may become
| available in the future. The 2008.0 release also includes updated versions of
| many packages already available in your ebuild tree.


New council elected

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| Elections just ended for the Gentoo council for the next year. Turnout was
| 57% with 145 developers voting, which is quite excellent.


Gentoo (or Finding Linux Nirvana)

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| Believe me, the end result when you get something right is worth it!


Does Gentoo make sense?

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| Contrast it with installing binary packages. You can never be sure that you
| are not missing a library or if they have a conflicting version.
| Conceptually, Gentoo vs. Ubuntu is analogous to compiled and statically typed
| languages, e.g. C++ or Java, versus interpreted and dynamically typed
| languages, e.g. Python or Ruby.
| Interpreted and dynamically typed languages enjoy a shorter development cycle
| but are somewhat more brittle whereas compiled and statically typed languages
| have a slower development cycle but are often deemed more reliable.


Why I Use Gentoo?

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| So, 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
| why, after trying Ubuntu (started linux with it), Gentoo and then Arch I
| settled on Gentoo.

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