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Debian vs Gentoo Linux: What are the differences?

Developers describe Debian as "The Universal Operating System". Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software. On the other hand, Gentoo Linux is detailed as "Gentoo is a free operating system based on either Linux or FreeBSD that can be automatically optimized and customized for just about any application or need". Gentoo is a free operating system based on either Linux or FreeBSD that can be automatically optimized and customized for just about any application or need Extreme configurability, performance and a top-notch user and developer community are all hallmarks of the Gentoo experience.

Thanks to a technology called Portage, Gentoo can become an ideal secure server, development workstation, professional desktop, gaming system, embedded solution or something else—whatever you need it to be. Because of its near-unlimited adaptability, we call Gentoo a metadistribution..

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Pros of Debian
Pros of Gentoo Linux
  • 50
    Massively supported
  • 46
    Stable
  • 18
    Reliable
  • 7
    Turnkey linux use it
  • 7
    Aptitude
  • 5
    It is free
  • 5
    Customizable
  • 4
    Works on all architectures
  • 2
    Supports distributing compiling tasks
  • 2
    Cross compiling
  • 2
    Flexibility
  • 2
    X86_64 architecture supported
  • 2
    Control
  • 2
    Compile time optimizations
  • 2
    OpenRC or systemd init
  • 2
    Per package dependency control
  • 2
    Customizable
  • 2
    Portage package manager
  • 2
    Overlays
  • 1
    SPARC architecture supported
  • 1
    Generalized reduction is system vulnerabilities
  • 1
    Stable rolling release
  • 1
    Source based distribution
  • 1
    Package slots
  • 1
    Extensive documentation
  • 1
    X86 architecture supported
  • 1
    Alpha architecture supported
  • 1
    ARM64 architecture supported
  • 1
    ARM architecture supported
  • 1
    HPPA architecture supported
  • 1
    MIPS architecture supported
  • 1
    PCC architecture supported
  • 1
    PCC64 architecture supported

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Cons of Debian
Cons of Gentoo Linux
  • 9
    Old versions of software
  • 1
    Can be difficult to set up on vanilla Debian
  • 2
    Dated documentation
  • 2
    Circular dependancy conflicts
  • 2
    No guided installation
  • 1
    Vulnerabilities related to its specific toolchains
  • 1
    System maintenance
  • 1
    Complexity
  • 1
    Compilation time

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What is Debian?

Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.

What is Gentoo Linux?

It is a free operating system based on either Linux or FreeBSD that can be automatically optimized and customized for just about any application or need.

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Ubuntu
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
Fedora
Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that provides users with access to the latest free and open source software, in a stable, secure and easy to manage form. Fedora is the largest of many free software creations of the Fedora Project. Because of its predominance, the word "Fedora" is often used interchangeably to mean both the Fedora Project and the Fedora operating system.
CentOS
The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.
Linux Mint
The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.
Arch Linux
A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.
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