Funtoo Linux

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Funtoo Linux
Funtoo logo.png
Developer Daniel Robbins, Funtoo/Gentoo community, Funtoo Technologies
OS family Linux (based on Gentoo Linux)
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 2008; 8 years ago (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

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


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.


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:


Funtoo uses Git to store the Portage tree.


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


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]


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 benefit those who like to avoid building custom kernels. Using a generic kernel from another distribution should be straightforward if using boot-update.


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