That means, as an end user, you have to download the source code to your machine and compile it first - if you want to start using it. However, Gentoo developers have fine-tuned and automated the whole process via its stellar package management system called Portage.
Gentoo calls itself "a fast, modern meta-distribution with a clean and flexible design".
Having used Gentoo in the past, I can vouch for its credibility. Gentoo is everything it stands for.
Gentoo has now released a Live DVD to celebrate the continued collaboration between Gentoo users and developers. Around 2.8 GB size, this live DVD comes with a whole gamut of open source and free software. And it gives Linux enthusiasts a taste of using Gentoo, for once, entirely skipping the installation routine.
What you will find in Gentoo Live DVD
- Linux 3.0 kernel
- Window Managers / Desktop Environments - (Lots of them) - KDE 4.7.0, GNOME 3.0.0, Xfce 4.8, Enlightenment 1.0.8, Openbox 3.5.0, Fluxbox 1.3.1, XBMC 10.1 Awesome 3.4.10, and LXDE-Meta 0.5.5.
- Office, Graphics, and Productivity Suites - GIMP, Inkscape, Scribus, Abiword, Blender, XEmacs ... just to name a few.
- Plethora of Web browsers - Mozilla Firefox 5.0, Chromium 13.0, Arora, Opera, Epiphany, Sea Monkey ...
- Communication tools
- Development environments, and
- Multimedia Apps
Download Gentoo Linux LiveDVD
You can download Gentoo LiveDVD in two flavors namely -
[Source : Official release announcement]