Gentoo Linux

source-based Linux distribution

Gentoo Linux is a version of the Linux operating system. It was created by Daniel Robbins. The project and its products are named after the Gentoo penguin.



Gentoo Linux uses a package management system called Portage. Portage is like the BSD ports collection. Gentoo package management is designed to be modular, portable, easy to maintain, flexible, and optimized for the user's machine. Packages are normally built from source code, continuing the tradition of the ports collection, although for convenience, some large software packages are also available as precompiled binaries for various architectures.

Although originally designed for the x86 architecture, it has been ported to many others and currently runs on the x86, x86-64, IA-64, PA-RISC; PowerPC, PowerPC 970, SPARC64, MIPS, DEC Alpha, System Z/s390, PS3 Cell Processor and SuperH architectures.[1] Official support for 32-bit Sparc hardware has been dropped.[2]



Gentoo's official software package repository[3] includes, for example, UNetbootin.[4]



  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Arch Specific Notes -- SPARC – Gentoo Development Guide".
  3., "Official repositories," excerpt, "A software repository is a storage location from which software packages may be retrieved and installed on a computer"; retrieved 2012-6-7.
  4. Gentoo, Package unetbootin;retrieved 2012-6-7.

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