The Pro Edition is definitely aimed at professionals and developers. It provides them with all the tools they need to develop their own, customised environment without any preinstalled junk that they might not need.
Gentoox Linux is an adaptation of the popular source based Linux distribution called Gentoo. It is compiled from Stage 1 with full optimizations to run on a Microsoft Xbox games console. Software or hardware mods are required.
Gentoox runs along side games - you get 3 choices during installation: E, F and Native. Both E and F create a loopback filesystem meaning that none of your drives are formatted during installation (except for cache partitions). If you choose "Native", then your F: partition is formatted to ReiserFS (making it inaccessible to Xbox applications).
Gentoox can be loaded via a .xbe file, or from a Cromwell based BIOS (which can be flashed to your modchip during installation). When using E or F installations, you are totally risk free - if you dont like Gentoox, simply delete all the files it installs (about 7 in total) and its gone.
All Gentoox versions are 100% free and opensource.
- Fully synchronised software (both with magic and portage as of a few days ago).
- Ditched RAR file format in favour of tbz2 (file sizes are slightly bigger, but it's free!).
- Nifty installer progress bar.
- Updated Busybox in all initrds.
- Ditched KDE, only XFCE is available now (KDE was way too bloated).
- Upgraded to latest 2.4 series kernel.
- Switched Home edition to use -Os due to CPU's tiny cache (Pro still uses -O2 as this will give better number-crunching performance)
- Removed deprecated packages and replaced with modern equivalents (XF4VNC => X11VNC, GAIM => Pidgin).
- Loads of other tweaks...