gentoo is a graphical file managment program, written from
scratch in C. It uses the GTK+ toolkit for its interface.
gentoo is developed and tested primarily under Linux, but is
known to compile and work on many other Unix-like operating
systems as well.
One of the design goals with gentoo has been to provide
extensive customization and configuration abilities, and to do
so from an integrated, graphic, interface. The user should not
have to edit the configuration file directly "by hand", and
especially not have to restart the program for changes to take
gentoo features a fairly complex and powerful system
for file type recognition, coupled to an object-oriented style
system, which together give you a lot of control over how files
of different types are displayed and acted upon.
This software is Copyright (c) 1998-2002 by Emil Brink.
You are free to distribute this software under the terms
of the GNU General Public License, version 2. You should have
received a copy of this license together with the software (in a
file called COPYING). If not, and you have web access, check
It is important to realize that this software comes
without ANY form of warranty.
gentoo was written by Emil Brink. It is my first program to use
GTK+, my first major Linux application, and my first program
released in source form under the GPL, but it's absolutely _not_
my first program. ;^) I've been hacking since the late eighties,
and am currently a studying for a Master of Science in computer
science at the Royal Institute of Technology ("RIoT") here in
Stockholm, Sweden. I now seem to have graduated, and even managed
to land a great job. Whee.
Work on gentoo started in May 1998, when I decided it
would be fun to learn the GTK+ interface toolkit. The first
actual release of gentoo was called version 0.9.0, and made
its public appearance back in September 1998.
Please send questions, answers, bug reports, praise (?)
and critique straight to <email@example.com>. I am listening.
Also, please do try to include the word "gentoo" in the subject
of your e-mail, to help me manage my e-mail. Thank you.
This release is the first in 2004 for gentoo, marking its seventh
year of existance. Yay.
The main point of this release is to (hopefully) fix a
a big problem in the "System Default" selection model; when used
to run an external program, gentoo froze horribly. I have redone
the selection handling altogether, and I think it now works as
It is now possible to set a pane to start up where it was
left when gentoo was last quit, by setting the default directory
to "history" (yes, values other than zero do things...). This
should help make frequent quitters happier.
Style Actions can now be renamed, this had been missing
from earlier releases (probably because the implementation is a
bit complicated by the inheritance).
A German translation, courtesy of C. Neuroth, has been
added. For further info, see the NEWS file as usual.
FOR MORE INFORMATION...
* If you are a new user, *please* read the man page.
* Instructions about how to build an executable are provided in
the file INSTALL, as usual.
* For (sometimes very technical and source-centric) notes on
exactly what's happened in this release, check out the NEWS
file. I recommend reading it on each new release.
* Details about gentoo's support for GUI customization through
the use of GTK+ RC files are in the README.gtkrc file.
* For information about known problems, quirks and general
developer headaches, please see the BUGS file.
* There is a TODO file, containing a few major things I have
planned/want to see implemented.
The documentation that is available is incomplete and sort of
out of date. I'm sorry about that. Hopefully, I will find the
time and energy in the future to do a complete rewrite of the
documentation, since much has changed and been added since it
There is a short manpage that touches the bare essentials,
in "docs/gentoo.1x". Please read it.
There is some reasonably modern documentation in plain
text format in some files in "docs/scratch/". Read those, too.