[c_lug] GenToo, Debian, and the changing face of Linux distros

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From: root@...
Date: 10 Nov 2003 02:01:03 -0000
I'm sitting on a Mandrake 9.0 system that I'd love to see running Apache 2 and some other newer apps.  There are no current versions of Apache 2 for Mandrake, and the Source RPMS out there won't compile due to dependancies on newer libraries.

This is an example of a dead Linux RPM-based release.

This is also what Mandrake and RedHat work to take advantage of, by selling new releases. 

Debian is very focused on avoiding commercialism of their release.  But their reputation is not of being a leading edge distribution.  Has that changed?

GenToo lays claims to being one of the faster Linux releases.  Do they give any assurance of not becoming commercialized, like Debian?  Are their packages recent, or do they tend to hold back like Debian and RedHat?