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To understand the appeal of Redcore Linux, you need to understand the appeal of Gentoo Linux. Two decades ago, Gentoo Linux was a leading distribution. Compiling packages from source, it delivered optimized installations far faster than most distributions but required hours of compiling and consulting documentation. Gentoo continues to thrive today, but its lack of a typical installer means that its popularity dwindled as desktop Linux arose.

That's where Redcore comes in. A successor to Kogaion Linux, Redcore draws on Gentoo's stable and unstable repositories and provides an installer for a quicker way to install a pure Gentoo system. If the installation still takes about twice the time as an Ubuntu installation – perhaps half an hour – that is still a vast improvement over Gentoo itself. After installation, Redcore provides a rolling release to keep your system updated.

For those who have wondered what Gentoo was about but never had the time to investigate, Redcore provides a painless way to find out. Start Redcore after installation, and you will quickly understand why an optimized system is so appealing.

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