Gentoo Linux is a source-based distribution that can be optimized and customized for just about any application or need. Perhaps Gentoo's most striking feature is its package management. Gentoo uses a system called Portage, which enables relatively painless package installation from source code.
Portage is quite similar to the ports system of FreeBSD. When installing a package, the system downloads the source code from the Internet, compiles it, and installs it. Extreme customization to applications is relatively trivial with adequate knowledge in modifying or patching source code. Additionally, the ability to choose from several releases/versions of a package exists, including bleeding-edge.
In general, it is considered a distribution for seasoned Linux users, but because of the abundance of excellent documentation, including VPS/Vserver specific information, it can be tamed by novices as well.
Generally any software that will run on a Linux dedicated server will run in an OpenVZ based Gentoo VPS environment.
Below are some examples of common software our customers are running in their VPSs:
Every Gentoo VPS is provisioned with a static IPv6 address in addition to a static IPv4 address. This allows all IPv6 compatible applications and services running in the VPS to be accessible to clients on native (or tunneled) IPv6 networks.
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Dahdi (Digium/Asterisk Hardware Device Interface) timing can optionally be enabled for any Gentoo VPS. This facilitates supporting certain functionality within the Asterisk PBX software, including conferencing. Several FAQ articles are provided in our Knowledgebase outlining the compilation procedure if building Asterisk from source.
Other PBX software can be installed in a Gentoo VPS as well, including:
or software to provide GUI-based configuration, billing, or predictive dialer capabilities to Asterisk: