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Gentoo Celebrates 10 Years: 2009/10/04
Posted on July 22, 2009 by Joshua Saddler

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What: Gentoo 10 Year Anniversary Party

Where: irc.freenode.net, #gentoo-birthday

When: Sunday, October 04, 2009, in a timezone near you

Introduction:

Gentoo is turning 10 years old. For the last ten years, Gentoo has been committed to bringing the cutting edge source based distro to users that need more flexibility than binary packages can give them. With a vibrant community and over 300 developers, much has been accomplished since the beginning, Gentoo remains true to its origin.

Special Activities:

Join us in the 2009 Screenshot Contest open to both Gentoo Developers and Users.

For more information and to enter your screenshots, visit the 2009 Gentoo Screenshot Contest page.

We are looking for screenshots from Gentoo's beginning, if you have any or know the links please send them to David Abbott. They will not be part of the contest.

History:

The anniversary date of 1999-10-04 was decided on by a couple of key dates in Gentoo's history. The name Enoch was changed to Gentoo and the domain name gentoo.org was registered. The founder of Gentoo Daniel Robbins, gives us this chronology:

Daniel Robbins Gentoo Chronology

  • 1997-07: Started a new position at University of New Mexico, was using Debian 1.3
  • 1998-11: Was using/developing for Stampede Linux at home, but had not (yet) started Enoch
  • 1999-04: Was working on Enoch - wrote xpak .tbz2 code that is still in Portage
  • 1999-05-27: First version of Enoch released, according to LWN.net. My blurb for Enoch: Enoch is an advanced GNU/Linux distribution for the x86 PC.
  • 1999-09: My new dual Celeron mobo would not run Linux, went to FreeBSD, Achim Gottinger kept Enoch going.
  • 1999-10-04: Domain name gentoo.org registered
  • 1999-Late: Must have came back to Enoch and done the Gentoo name change right about now - the "Gentoo" name was Bob Mutch's idea - started incorporating some FreeBSD ideas into Enoch - Portage (as we know it today) was born.
  • 2000-07-26: Gentoo 1.0 release "imminent", cvs online, rsync "coming soon"
  • 2000-11-03: Gentoo 1.0 Release Candidate 2
  • 2000-12-11: Gentoo 1.0 Release Candidate 3
  • 2001-09-14: New Gentoo Logo/Web site debut - designed by me! Still in use today! :)
  • 2002-02-16: Was in Brussels, Belgium to attend FOSDEM
  • 2002-03-31: Gentoo Linux 1.0 Released !!!
  • 2002-04-08: Gentoo Linux 1.1a released :)
  • 2002-05-10: Gentoo Listed as one of the top 10 Linux distributions on DistroWatch
  • 2002-06-10: Gentoo Linux 1.2 released :)

Thanks to Daniel for the chronology. You can read all about it here.

Gentoo 1.0 Screenshots:


Figure 1.1: Fluxbox, Gimp, Mplayer, Freeamp, rxvt, Heroes, Gkrellm

Fig. 1: Fluxbox


Figure 1.1: Xfce, Opera, Xine-ui, Terminal, Abiword

Fig. 1: Xfce


Figure 1.1: KDE, Think Free Office, Konqueror, Kedit, HancomShell2

Fig. 1: KDE

Discuss this!

David Abbott contributed the draft for this announcement.




Page updated July 22, 2009

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