Today at work, I happened to stumble upon a blog which I've never read, or heard of. This is a shame because this blog happens to belong to a person who is very important in my life. A person I've never spoken to, met, seen, or otherwise had any contact with at all.
His name is Daniel Robbins
Daniel Robbins created gentoo Linux
. Ya know Larry the Cow?
No? Oh... well... That's okay. He's a pretty cool cow. Anyway...
I've been using gentoo now for .... sheesh... going on 4 or 5 years now. I use it on my production servers at work, on *all* of my machines at home (all 5 of em')..... Ah heck... Here's a listing of how I use gentoo Linux:
- My mythbox at home, serving up all my home-theater goodness.
- My web server
- My file server
- My print server
- My work station
- My digital audio workstation (DAW)
- My email server
- My wife's workstation which she uses on a daily basis
- My game server at my LAN parties (UT2004 and ET)
- My own personal workstation
- My own personal laptop
- My web development box
- Nature's Way's development box
- Nature's Way's production box serving 3 websites now, with more coming soon.
- My work-issued laptop
- My work workstation (dual-monitor)
- My brother's workstation
- My brother's laptop
And that's about it. Not all of those are separate computers, which - to me - is a large part of the beauty of gentoo Linux.
My myth,file,email,web,nfs, and gaming server are all the same box, and it's not a beefy box, either. It's just an AMD 3000+ single-core with a Gig of memory and it's on 24/7. It's been on for about 3 months now without being rebooted. The last time I rebooted, it was only because I upgraded the kernel.
Anyway..... Suffice it be said that I love gentoo. and I love how it works around me. It aims to be as customizable as I can make it, and man alive.... Thank heavens
there's a distro wanting to fill that void. No other distro can do it.
Now, about Daniel Robbins. His blog states that gentoo is havin' troubles, and that made me sad. :-(
I hope it doesn't go away, and I don't think it will... Because it seems that drobbins is still in the game and helping it progress.
I kind of wonder how I can help more. I'm tempted to become a gentoo developer and start contributing ebuilds 'n' junk because, hey, I've been using gentoo now for years... free-loading it like I was a pirate or something. I think I do need to look into becoming a developer more seriously. Even if I can help just a bit....
...a bit is still more than nothing at all.