Should Gentoo Ditch the LiveCD?
Just a quick thought: Should Gentoo ditch the LiveCD? 2007 was a bad year for Gentoo releases only getting one out for the first time in it’s short history. Gentoo 2007.0 tried to be a eight armed monster and supported most known arches, a couple package CDs, a LiveDVD and the Minimal CD.
The LiveCD was plagued with problems from slow unworkable desktops to X server and video card failures as noted in the forums. Writing a LiveCD is a monstrous task involving hundreds and thousands of different components. I not pointing blame as the CD worked fine for a certain group of people but I think many would agree the Gentoo LiveCD 2007.0 wasn’t ready for mass use. Often users users were pointed to or resorted to using the Gentoo 2007.0 Minimal CD.
Gentoo installation 2008.0 beta releases have been postponed temporarily from their planned release dates as developers have personal matters that need to be addressed. My best to them I do appreciate their hard work.
This said, the concern just recently stated by some users   who have new machines don’t have a valid Gentoo CD to use for installation. Sure, their are alternatives like Ben talked about but your average user will never run across these solutions, never mind the curious Linux user from Ubuntu who was thinking of trying something different for his new HP.