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I've heard that Funtoo is a somewhat improved version of Gentoo, but I haven't been able to find any concrete sources for this. Funtoo's website says this:

Funtoo Linux features native UTF-8 support enabled by default, a git-based, distributed Portage Tree and funtoo overlay, an enhanced Portage with more compact mini-manifest tree, automated imports of new Gentoo changes every 12 hours, GPT/GUID boot support and streamlined boot configuration, enhanced network configuration, up-to-date stable and current Funtoo stages, all built using Funtoo's Metro build tool.

Are those features actually worth the trouble of choosing Funtoo over Gentoo? Is the difference that noticeable?

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I am wondering in what way a random current popular distribution (e.g. Debian) does not have UTF8 enabled by default ... –  maxschlepzig Jun 6 '11 at 7:54
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@maxschlepzig Gentoo (and subsequently Funtoo) was the first distribution to enable full UTF-8 encoding across the entire system. Although current distributions don't have any problems with UTF-8 now, it was a huge deal back then. –  Let_Me_Be Jun 6 '11 at 9:25
    
Other than saving time on building packages, I don't see any "improvement" can't be merged to standard gentoo by DIY. –  warl0ck Nov 25 '12 at 1:08
    
"non-constructive"? Maybe the title could be rephrased or else, to give the essential meaning of this question: what are the differences between Gentoo - Funtoo. –  Nikos Alexandris Jul 26 '13 at 0:26
    
To further support this question's validity, here is a very nice overview of differences page: funtoo.org/… –  Nikos Alexandris Jul 26 '13 at 0:28
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From what I an see, reading the Funtoo documentation, another USP here will perhaps be the simplified kernel build in the install.

# echo "sys-kernel/sysrescue-std-sources binary" >> /etc/portage/package.use
# emerge sysrescue-std-sources

From http://www.funtoo.org/wiki/Funtoo_Linux_Installation#Configuring_and_installing_the_Linux_kernel

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Oh you will notice the differences...

  • a git pull is way faster than the rsync one :)
  • the automated kernel build is a real nice feature, you will see
  • ebuilds that are maintained by CoreTeam have a cleaner structure, not so much usage of external modules but inline the ebuild so a build gets clean...
  • GPT/GUID support is also very nice, cleaner structure of your HDD
  • Daily work is like with gentoo
  • git based User Overlay is launched, so users can participate in funtoo too, and ebuilds will be directly included into main tree after approval

So you should try it. Also funtoo is doing great work on QA for packages that concern the Core, funtoo tries to build a rock solid, bleeding edge Core System. :)

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See also a nive overview of the differences at funtoo.org/… –  Nikos Alexandris Jul 26 '13 at 0:27
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So there are a lot of differences and in the same time it's still being Gentoo ! In nutshell read it Funtoo Linux Vision and here

developed by Daniel Robbins and a core team of developers, built around a basic vision of improving the core technologies in Gentoo Linux. It has a history that takes it back to Gentoo and beyond.

The development focus of Funtoo Linux is currently directed at the core system, meaning anything on a stage3, portage, core languages, kernels, server applications, and up through X11 and simple window managers.

  • Check here Funtoo Linux projects : Labs
  • Here is how every user can be a part of Funtoo : Flora
  • Funtoo sources available on GitHub

feel free to ask about anything related, but if you want a serious support visit forums or irc.

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In day-to-day usage, funtoo feels just as gentoo. The main noticeable difference is in syncing (via git in funtoo) and the contents of default overlays, which for funtoo include perl-experimental from what I remember.

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