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Last Update: 2018-04-21 21:50 UTC


Gentoo Linux is a versatile and fast, completely free Linux distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Unlike other distros, Gentoo Linux has an advanced package management system called Portage. Portage is a true ports system in the tradition of BSD ports, but is Python-based and sports a number of advanced features including dependencies, fine-grained package management, "fake" (OpenBSD-style) installs, safe unmerging, system profiles, virtual packages, config file management, and more.

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Distribution Gentoo Linux
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 • 2009-10-05: Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 10.0
 • 2009-09-27: Development Release: Gentoo Linux 10.0 Test
 • 2008-07-06: Distribution Release: Gentoo Linux 2008.0
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Feature unstable stable 20160514 20140826 20121221 12.1 12.0 11.2 11.0 10.1 2008.0 2007.0 2006.1 2006.0 2005.1 2005.0 2004.3 2004.2 2004.1 2004.0 1.4 1.2 1.1a 1.0 Feature
Release Date 2018-04-21 2018-04-21 2016-05-27 2014-09-04 2012-12-21 2012-04-01 2012-01-02 2011-08-07 2011-03-08 2009-10-10 2008-07-06 2007-05-07 2006-08-30 2006-02-27 2005-08-08 2005-03-28 2004-11-15 2004-07-26 2004-04-28 2004-03-01 2003-08-05 2002-06-05 2002-04-08 2002-03-31 Release Date
End Of Life                                                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB)   2824-2824                                             Image Size (MB)
Free Download Packages Packages Packages ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop -- -- KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE KDE Xfce GNOME -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Default Desktop
Package Management SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) SRC (Portage) Package Management
Release Model Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Rolling Release Model
Office Suite GOffice, Calligra, LibreOffice GOffice, Calligra, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, LibreOffice Calligra, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, LibreOffice KOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, KOffice, LibreOffice GOffice, OO.o GOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice, OO.o GOffice, KOffice KOffice Office Suite
Processor Architecture x86, alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, ia64, mips, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, ia64, mips, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, ia64, mips, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, x86_64 x86, alpha, amd64, hppa, ia64, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, alpha, amd64, arm, hppa, ia64, mips, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, hppa, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, hppa, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, hppa, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, hppa, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, hppa, ppc, ppc64, sparc x86, amd64, ppc, sparc x86, amd64, ppc, sparc x86, HPPA, ppc, sparc, mips x86, HPPA, ppc, sparc, mips x86, ppc, sparc x86, ppc, sparc   Processor Architecture
Init Software OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC OpenRC Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext4, ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS -- -- -- ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS, XFS ext3, ReiserFS, XFS Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes en en en Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes -- -- -- cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw       Asian Language Support
Full Package List unstable stable 20160514 20140826 20121221 12.1 12.0 11.2 11.0 10.1                     1.4 1.2 1.1a   Full Package List
Package unstable stable 20160514 20140826 20121221 12.1 12.0 11.2 11.0 10.1 2008.0 2007.0 2006.1 2006.0 2005.1 2005.0 2004.3 2004.2 2004.1 2004.0 1.4 1.2 1.1a 1.0 Package
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2 3.0.2 3.0.1 3.0.0 -- 2.8.6 -- 2.8.6 2.8.6 2.6.4 2.6.3 2.4.6 2.4.5 2.2.11 2.2.8 2.2.3 2.0.10 2.0.6 2.0.5 2.0.2 1.0.6 1.0.1 0.99.3 -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.6) 1.1.6 1.1.2 1.1.1 1.0.28 1.0.26 1.0.25 1.0.24.1 1.0.24.1 1.0.24.1 1.0.20 1.0.16 1.0.14rc3 1.0.11 1.0.10 1.0.9 1.0.8 1.0.6 1.0.5 1.0.3b 0.9.8 0.9.2 0.9.0rc1 0.9.0beta10 -- alsa-lib (1.1.6)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.471.3 8.32.5 8.21.7                       ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.4 4.3 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.2 4.1 4.0 3.2 3.2 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05b 2.05a 2.05a 2.05a bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.12.1) 9.12.1 9.11.2-P1 9.10.3-P4 -- -- -- -- -- 9.7.3 -- 9.4.1-P1 9.3.4 9.3.2 9.3.2 9.2.5 9.2.2 9.2.2 9.2.2 9.2.2 9.2.2 9.2.2 9.2.1 9.2.0 -- bind (9.12.1)
chromium (66.0.3359.117) 67.0.3377.1 -- 50.0.2661.75 37.0.2062.35 24.0.1312.35 18.0.1025.142 -- 13.0.782.107 -- --                             chromium (66.0.3359.117)
cups (2.2.7) 2.3beta4 2.1.4 2.1.3 1.7.4 1.6.1 1.5.2 1.4.8 1.4.6 1.4.6 1.3.10 1.3.7 1.2.9 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.20 1.1.20 1.1.20 1.1.20 1.1.19 1.1.14 1.1.14 -- cups (2.2.7)
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3.1.2-P1 3.1.1 3.0.3 3.0.3 3.0.3 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0.1 3.0pl2 3.0pl2 3.0pl2 3.0 3.0 -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (1.44.1) 1.44.1 1.43.6 1.42.13 1.42.10 1.42.6 1.42.1 1.42 1.41.14 1.41.14 1.41.3 1.40.9 1.39 1.39 1.38 1.38 1.35 1.35 1.35 1.34 1.34 1.33 1.27 1.27 1.27 e2fsprogs (1.44.1)
firefox (59.0.2) 58.0.1 52.6.0 45.0.1 31.0 17.0.1 11.0 9.0 5.0 3.6.13 3.5.3 2.0.0.15 2.0.0.3 1.5.0.6 1.0.7 1.0.6 1.0.2 1.0pre 0.9.1             firefox (59.0.2)
freetype (2.9) 2.9 2.8 2.6.3 2.5.3 2.4.10 2.4.9 2.4.8 2.4.6 2.4.4 2.3.9 2.3.7 2.3.3 2.1.10 2.1.9 2.1.9 2.1.9 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.4 2.1.0 2.0.9 -- freetype (2.9)
gcc (7.3.0) 7.3.0 6.4.0 5.3.0 4.8.3 4.6.3 4.5.3 4.5.3 4.5.2 4.5.2 4.3.2 3.4.6 4.1.1 4.1.1 3.4.4 3.4.4 3.4.3 3.4.1 3.3.3 3.3.3 3.3.2 3.2.3 2.95.3 2.95.3 2.95.3 gcc (7.3.0)
gimp (2.8.22) 2.9.8 2.8.22 2.9.2 2.8.10 2.8.2 2.6.12 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.6.4 2.4.2 2.2.14 2.2.12 2.2.8 2.2.6 2.0.4 2.0.4 2.0.0 1.2.5 1.2.5 1.2.4 1.2.3 1.2.3 -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.27) 2.27 2.25 2.23 2.19 2.16.0 2.14.1 2.14.1 2.13 2.12.2 2.9 2.7 2.5 2.4 2.3.4 2.3.5 2.3.4 2.3.4 2.3.3 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.3.2 2.2.5 2.2.5 2.2.5 glibc (2.27)
gnome-shell (3.28.0) 3.24.3 3.24.3 -- 3.12.2 3.4.2 3.2.2.1 3.2.1 3.0.2 -- --                             gnome-shell (3.28.0)
gnucash (3.0) 3.0 2.7.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.9 2.2.9 2.2.5 2.0.5 1.8.11 1.8.11 1.8.9 1.8.9 1.8.9 1.8.9 1.8.8 1.8.8 1.8.4 1.6.6 1.6.6 -- gnucash (3.0)
gnumeric (1.12.39) 1.12.38 1.12.35 1.12.28 1.12.17 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.17 1.10.13 1.8.4 1.8.3 1.6.3 1.6.3 1.4.3 1.4.3 1.4.1 1.2.13 1.2.6 1.2.6 1.2.2 1.0.13 1.0.6 1.0.5 -- gnumeric (1.12.39)
grub (2.02) 2.02 2.02 2.02beta3 2.02beta2 2.00 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.96 0.96 0.96 0.94 0.94 0.94 0.94 0.93 0.93 0.90 0.91 0.90 grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.30) 3.22.29 3.22.19 3.18.9 3.12.2 3.4.4 3.2.4 3.2.2 3.0.12 2.22.1 2.16.6 2.12.9 2.10.9 2.8.19 2.8.8 2.6.7 2.6.2 2.4.9 2.4.1 2.4.0 2.2.4 2.2.1 2.0.2 1.2.10 -- gtk+ (3.22.30)
httpd (2.4.33) 2.4.33 2.4.29 -- 2.4.10 -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.2.9 2.0.58 2.0.58 2.0.55 2.0.54 2.0.52 2.0.49 2.0.49 -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.33)
inkscape (0.92.3) 0.92.3 0.92.2 0.91 0.48.5 0.48.3.1 0.48.3 0.48.2 0.48.2 0.48.1 0.46 0.46 0.45.1 0.43 0.43 0.41                   inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.04.0) 18.04.0 17.12.3 -- 2.0.2 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0.4 0.12.17 0.12.14 0.12.8 0.11.24 0.11.18 0.11.17 0.11.12 0.11.9 0.11.1 0.8.1 0.6.0pre2 0.6.0pre2 -- k3b (18.04.0)
kmod (25) 25 24 22 18 12                                       kmod (25)
krita (4.0.1) 4.0.1 --                                             krita (4.0.1)
libreoffice (6.0.3) 6.0.3 5.4.5 5.1.2 4.2.5 3.6.4 3.5.1 3.4.99.2 3.4.2 3.2.1 3.1.1 2.4.1 2.1.0 2.0.3 2.0.1 1.1.4 1.1.4 1.1.3 1.1.1 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.3 1.0 641b -- libreoffice (6.0.3)
linux (4.16.3) 4.16.3 4.9.76 4.6 3.15.6 3.6.8 3.3 3.1.6 3.0 2.6.37 2.6.30.5 2.6.25.9 2.6.19 2.6.17 2.6.15 2.6.12 2.6.11 2.6.9 2.6.7 2.6.5 2.4.25 2.4.19 2.4.18 2.4.18 2.4.17 linux (4.16.3)
Package unstable stable 20160514 20140826 20121221 12.1 12.0 11.2 11.0 10.1 2008.0 2007.0 2006.1 2006.0 2005.1 2005.0 2004.3 2004.2 2004.1 2004.0 1.4 1.2 1.1a 1.0 Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) 0.9.3 0.9.3 -- -- 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 0.5.5 -- --                             lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.2.14) 10.3.5rc 10.1.31 -- -- --                                       mariadb (10.2.14)
mate-desktop (1.20.1) 1.18.0 1.12.1 -- -- --                                       mate-desktop (1.20.1)
mesa (18.0.1) 18.0.1 17.3.8 11.2.1 10.2.4 9.0.1 8.0.2 7.11.2 7.11 7.10.1 7.5.1                             mesa (18.0.1)
mysql (8.0.11) 5.6.39 5.6.39 -- 5.5.38 5.5.28 5.1.61 5.1.59 5.1.58 5.1.53 5.0.84 5.0.54 5.0.38 4.1.21 4.1.14 4.0.24 4.0.24 4.0.22 4.0.20 4.0.18 4.0.16 4.0.13 3.23.49 3.23.49 -- mysql (8.0.11)
nautilus (3.28.1) 3.24.2.1 3.24.2.1 -- 3.12.2 3.4.2 3.2.1 3.2.1 3.0.2 2.32.2.1 2.26.4 2.20.0 2.16.3 2.14.1 2.12.2 2.10.1 2.8.2 2.8.0 2.6.0 2.4.2 2.4.2 2.2.4 1.0.6 1.0.6 -- nautilus (3.28.1)
NVIDIA (390.48) 396.18 396.18 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 1.0-8776                         NVIDIA (390.48)
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1 3.6.1 -- 3.5.2 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.5.0 3.4.11.2 3.4.7.2                             openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (9.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --                           openjdk (9.0.4)
openssh (7.7p1) 7.7p1 7.5p1 7.2p2 6.6p1 6.1p1 5.9p1 5.9p1 5.8p2 5.8p1 5.2p1 4.7p1 4.5p1 4.3p2 4.2p1 3.9p1 3.9p1 3.8.1p1 3.8.1p1 3.8p1 3.7.1p2 3.6.1p2 3.1p1 3.1p1 3.1p1 openssh (7.7p1)
openssl (1.1.0h) 1.1.0h 1.0.2o 1.0.2g 1.0.1h 1.0.1c 1.0.0h 1.0.0e 1.0.0d 1.0.0d 0.9.8k 0.9.8g 0.9.8d 0.9.7j 0.9.7i 0.9.7e 0.9.7e 0.9.7d 0.9.7d 0.9.7d 0.9.7c 0.9.6j 0.9.6c 0.9.6c 0.9.6c openssl (1.1.0h)
perl (5.26.2) 5.26.1 5.24.3 5.22.1 5.18.2 5.16.1 5.12.4 5.12.4 5.12.4 5.12.3 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.7 5.8.6 5.8.5 5.8.4 5.8.4 5.8.2 5.8.2 5.8.0 5.6.1 5.6.1 5.6.1 perl (5.26.2)
php (7.2.4) 7.2.4 7.1.16 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.2.6rc4 5.2.2 5.1.4 5.0.5 4.4.0 4.3.10 4.3.9 4.3.8 4.3.4 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.0 4.1.2 -- php (7.2.4)
plasma-desktop (5.12.4) 5.12.4 5.11.5 5.6.2 -- --                                       plasma-desktop (5.12.4)
postfix (3.3.0) 3.4pre 3.2.4 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.5.9 2.4.6 2.3.6 2.2.10 2.2.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.1.5 2.0.19 2.0.19 2.0.16 2.0.11 1.1.7 1.1.6 -- postfix (3.3.0)
postgresql (10.3) 10.3 10.3 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 8.0.15 8.0.13 8.0.8 8.0.7 8.0.3 7.4.7 7.4.6 7.4.3 7.3.6 7.3.5 7.3.3 7.2 7.2 -- postgresql (10.3)
Python (3.6.5) 3.6.5 3.6.5 3.5.1 3.3.5 3.2.3 3.2.2 3.2.2 3.2 3.1.3 2.6.2 2.4.4 2.4.4 2.4.3 2.3.5 2.3.5 2.3.4 2.3.4 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.3.3 2.2.3 2.2.1 2.2 2.2 Python (3.6.5)
qt (5.10.1) 5.9.5 5.9.4 5.5.1 4.8.5 4.8.4 4.8.1 4.7.4 4.7.3 4.7.1 4.5.2 3.3.8 4.2.3 4.1.4 3.3.4 3.3.4 3.3.4 3.3.3 3.3.2 3.3.1 3.3.0 3.1.2 3.0.3 3.0.3 -- qt (5.10.1)
samba (4.8.0) 4.8.0 4.5.16 3.6.25 3.6.24 3.6.9 3.6.3 3.6.1 3.6.0rc3 3.5.6 3.0.33 3.0.28a 3.0.24 3.0.22 3.0.14a 3.0.14a 3.0.10 3.0.8 3.0.5 3.0.2a 3.0.1 2.2.8a 2.2.4 2.2.3a -- samba (4.8.0)
systemd (238) 238 236 -- 215 --                                       systemd (238)
thunderbird (52.7.0) 52.7.0 52.7.0 38.7.1 24.7.0 17.0 11.0.1 8.0 5.0 3.1.7 2.0.0.23 2.0.0.14 1.5.0.10 1.5.0.5 1.0.7 1.0.6 1.0.2 0.8 0.6             thunderbird (52.7.0)
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.3 7.2 7.1 7.0 7.0 6.4 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.3 6.2 6.2 6.2 6.1 6.1 -- vim (8.0)
vlc (3.0.1) 3.0.1 2.2.8 2.2.2 2.1.4 2.0.4 2.0.1 1.1.13 1.1.11 1.1.7 1.0.2 0.8.6g 0.8.6 0.8.4a 0.8.4 0.8.1                   vlc (3.0.1)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) 4.13.1 4.12.4 -- 4.11.6 4.10.0 4.8.3 4.8.3 4.8.2 4.8 4.6.1 4.4.2 4.4.0 4.2.3.2 4.2.2 4.2.2 4.2.0 4.0.6 4.0.5 3.8.18 3.8.18 3.8.18 3.8.16 3.8.14 -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.6) 1.19.99.904 1.19.5 1.18.3 1.16.0 1.12.4 1.12.0 1.10.4 1.10.3 1.10.0 1.6.3.901 1.3.0.0 (7.2) (7.1) (6.8.2) (6.8.2) (6.8.2) (6.8.0) (6.7.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- xorg-server (1.19.6)

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Version: stable
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-26
Votes: 13


Gentoo has managed to keep up with the times, without sacrificing any functionality. Portage has amazed me in its usability, flexibility and ease of use.
Pros:
-The most functional package manager; Portage!
-Source based. Improves speed drastically, KDE Plasma uses less than 400mb!
-Stable rolling release model. Love being able to update without fear of breakage
-Friendliest and most knowledgable community out there
-Minimal
-USE flags. Reduce bloat on your system!
Cons:
-Use flags have to sometimes be manually configured. Not a very big pain


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Version: stable
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-22
Votes: 11


I came from Void and I am positively impressed, even on a cheaper machine (middle-class Acer laptop).

My pros:

+ Portage - like FreeBSD's ports system which inspired it initially - allows a very detailed fine-tuning of what you want to have and what you want to get rid of.
+ The Gentoo community is the most respecting, helpful and open community I have ever seen.
+ The Gentoo wiki is superb, albeit not too well-structured.
+ Probably because of how Portage works, the software choices are phenomenal. Even if something is missing for you, chances are that someone provides an overlay (Gentoo's version of the AUR or Slackbuilds) for it.
+ OpenRC is a fine init system and I like how well it is integrated in a default Gentoo installation (unless chosen otherwise).

My cons:

- You'll spend too much time playing with the available options - because they are there. But that's not Gentoo's fault.
- I wish there was someone like Slackware's Alienbob - Gentoo could need more precompiled binaries for the really large pieces of software. Compiling Firefox is hell. But it is still much better than you would imagine.

10/10 from me.


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Version: unstable
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-17
Votes: 0


If you want to learn Linux, you owe it to yourself to use Gentoo!


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