Funtoo Linux

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Funtoo Linux
Funtoo logo.png
Developer Daniel Robbins, Funtoo/Gentoo community, Funtoo Technologies
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 2008
Latest release Rolling release
Update method Emerge
Package manager Portage
Platforms IA-32, x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Userland GNU
Default user interface various
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official website www.funtoo.org

Funtoo Linux is a Linux distribution based on Gentoo Linux, and initiated in 2008 by Daniel Robbins, former Gentoo Linux project leader.[1][2]

History[edit]

In early 2008, Gentoo founder Daniel Robbins proposed to resolve[3] the Gentoo Foundation problems.[4] But he had left the project in 2004, and his offer was refused.[5] The Funtoo project was born as an initiative to implement his vision, with aims to share innovations.

Features[edit]

Funtoo is a source based Linux distribution. Its development is discussed on IRC and a mailing list.[6] Changes are sometimes announced in advance, and published via an Atom feed.

Core technologies[edit]

Funtoo features in addition to native UTF-8 by default include:

Git[edit]

Funtoo uses Git to store the Portage tree.

Metro[edit]

Metro[7] is an automatable software package for building stages used in installing Funtoo.

boot-update[edit]

boot-update[8] provides a unified mechanism for configuring the GNU GRUB2 and GRUB Legacy boot loader versions.

Core networking[edit]

Funtoo has its own core networking solution to allow users to simplify the creation of complex network interfaces based on pre-created profiles.[9]

Kernel[edit]

Although Funtoo is a source-based distribution, it should be possible to use a prebuilt Linux kernel.[10] Funtoo no longer encourages the use of the Sabayon kernel, however with many improvements to Funtoo's design and init process, one should be able to load a binary kernel plus initrd from a preferred distribution hosting a precompiled/preconfigured kernel. Ubuntu's kernel linux-3.2.0-17-generic has been tested and is known to work. This can be very beneficial to those who like to avoid building custom kernels. Using a generic kernel from another distribution should be straight forward if using boot-update.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DistroWatch.com: Funtoo Linux". 14 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Funtoo by Daniel Robbins: The Goal of Funtoo at the Wayback Machine (archived October 25, 2008)
  3. ^ Funtoo by Daniel Robbins: Here's my offer... at the Wayback Machine (archived January 13, 2008)
  4. ^ Funtoo by Daniel Robbins: And it gets worse... at the Wayback Machine (archived January 15, 2008)
  5. ^ Funtoo by Daniel Robbins: What to do? at the Wayback Machine (archived January 29, 2008)
  6. ^ funtoo-dev mailing list
  7. ^ Metro Quick Start Tutorial - Funtoo Linux
  8. ^ Boot-Update - Funtoo Linux
  9. ^ http://funtoo.org/en/funtoo/core/networking/
  10. ^ Funtoo Linux Kernels - Funtoo Linux

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