Lilblue Linux

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Lilblue Linux is a Linux Distro which is based on Gentoo Linux with the exception that it makes use of the uClibc C library. The distro derives its name from the little penguin of New Zealand which is little, and blue. Lilblue is a fully featured Xfce4 desktop environment for the x86 64 CPU architecture which makes use of hardening as well as other security enhanced features such as stack-smashing protection, PaX and position independent executables (PIE).

Lilblue Linux
Gentoo logo
Developer Gentoo Foundation
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release June 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)
Latest release Rolling release / July 28, 2015; 2 years ago (2015-07-28)
Update method Emerge
Package manager Portage
Platforms x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux)
Userland GNU
Default user interface Xfce4, various
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official website


Full desktop environment: Due to it being a fully featured desktop environment it sports over 800 packages needed for most desktop related tasks:

  • Ephiphany, Claws, Hexchat for browsing, email and IRC.
  • Abiword, Evince, Gcalctool, Gtext for your generic office suite related work.
  • Gqview, Smplayer for multimedia
  • Transmission for bittorrent.
  • Userland utilities are provided by coreutils, not busybox.

Extremely lightweight:

  • Currently, the entire size of the ISO is ~228MB.

Fast boot time:

  • Roughly 14 seconds off of an SSD.

Package system[edit]

Currently, Lilblue makes use of the Portage package system that Gentoo uses by default, but plans are being made to incorporate a binpkg hosting system to make up to 7000 precompiled binary packages available.

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