Introduction to Gentoo Linux: Presentation materials

A presentation by Rajiv Manglani, Gentoo Linux Developer.

Gentoo Linux is a versatile and fast distribution for x86, PowerPC, Sparc, Alpha, AMD64, IA64, and MIPS systems that is geared towards Linux power users. 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, path sandboxing, safe unmerging, system profiles, virtual packages, config file management, and more. A completed Gentoo Linux installation is customized and optimized for your specific needs.

Gentoo Linux features the latest, modern tools including Linux 2.4.x and 2.6.x, gcc 3.4.x, LVM, EVMS, ext3, ReiserFS, XFS, JFS, Gnome, KDE, qmail (with optional mysql and LDAP support), Postfix, exim, GRUB, bootsplash, and named (not numbered) runlevels.

This presentation was given at MIT during IAP (Independent Activites Period) in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, and was sponsored by MIT SIPB. Please see for details.


Presentation Materials

Last updated January 17, 2006. Please note the information in this presentation may already be out of date. Specific versions of packages in Gentoo Linux change daily.

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