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The release of Calculate Linux 13 beta

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gives us the oportunity to test CodeTyphon on this Gentoo-based distribution.

Calculate Linux is a Gentoo-based family of three distinguished distributions.

  • Calculate Directory Server (CDS) is a solution that supports Windows and Linux clients via LDAP + SAMBA, providing proxy, mail and Jabbers servers with streamlined user management.
  • Calculate Linux Desktop (CLD) is a workstation and client distribution with KDE, GNOME or Xfce desktop that includes a wizard to configure a connection to Calculate Directory Server.
  • Calculate Linux Scratch (CLS) is live CD with a build framework for creating a custom distribution.

 

More info for Calculate Linux 13 beta release here

Some CodeTyphon screens here

 

1. What separates Gentoo from other distributions?

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Gentoo is a Linux based operating system (OS). (web site)
This distribution is best suited for experienced users and requires you to be able to hand edit configuration files using a text editor.

You must do the installation by starting your computer from a Live CD (A Linux environment with a collection of needed tools). The whole process is described in detail in the Gentoo Linux Handbook. This is time consuming, but not much harder than following a cookie recipe.
You compile all desired software optimized for your system.

2. Portage, the Gentoo way of managing software packages

Portage is a true ports (package management) system used by Gentoo Linux in the tradition of BSD ports, but is Python-based and has a number of advanced features including dependencies, fine-grained package management, fake (OpenBSD-style) installs, path sand boxing, safe un-merging, system profiles, virtual packages, configuration file management, and more.

Portage lets you install software packages easy as pie. Want to install unreal-tournament?

emerge unreal-tournament

emerge is the definitive command-line interface to the Portage system. It is primarily used for installing and managing packages. And emerge will automatically handle any dependencies a desired package has.