Boston Linux & UNIX was originally founded in 1994 as part of The Boston Computer Society. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Building E51.

Introduction to Gentoo Linux

Date and Time

Thursday, January 08, 2004 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


MIT Building 1-190


Rajiv Manglani - rajiv alum mit edu


Rajiv Manglani talks about Gentoo Linux and demonstrates a running Gentoo system.


Gentoo Linux is a versatile and fast distribution for x86, PowerPC, UltraSparc and Alpha 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 2.4.23, gcc 3.2.3, LVM, EVMS, ext3, ReiserFS, XFS, Gnome, KDE, qmail (with optional mysql and LDAP support), Postfix, exim, GRUB, and named (not numbered) runlevels. We will have an overview presentation and a demo of a running Gentoo system. Sponsored by MIT SIPB. If you plan on attending either session, please RSVP to (

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