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Funtoo Linux

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Funtoo Linux
Funtoo Linux desktop screenshot
Funtoo Linux with GNOME 3, showing IRC usage and packages being compiled
DeveloperDaniel Robbins, Oleg Vinichenko, Funtoo Technologies
OS familyLinux (based on Gentoo Linux)
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial release2008; 13 years ago (2008)
Latest releaseRolling release
Update methodEmerge
Package managerPortage
PlatformsARM, IA-32, x86-64
Kernel typeMonolithic (Linux)
Default user interfaceGnome, KDE Plasma, XFCE
LicenseFree software
and others licenses
Official websitewww.funtoo.org

Funtoo Linux(/fʌnt/ fun-too) is a Linux distribution based on Gentoo Linux, created by Daniel Robbins (the founder and former project leader of Gentoo Linux) in 2008. It's developed by a core team of developers, and built around a basic vision of improving the core technologies previously used by Gentoo Linux.[1][2]


In early 2008, 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[6].


Funtoo is a source based Linux distribution. Its development is discussed on IRC and a mailing list.[7] 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:


In July 2017 Funtoo switched from plain portage approach to splitting the portage tree into kits [8]. This should tie software updates together and help with the dependency problems of a rolling release distribution. Kits also are gaining maturity status as they are tested and as patches are applied.


Funtoo uses Git to store the Portage tree. The tree is split into kits now with meta-repo [9] being the repo holding all the kits as submodules.


Metro[10] is an automatable software package for building stages used in installing Funtoo.


boot-update[11] 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.[12]


Since May 2015 Funtoo offers a pre-build generic kernel with stage3 [13] Although Funtoo is a source-based distribution, it should be possible to use a prebuilt Linux kernel.[14] 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.

Other differences[edit]

There are multitude of users blog posts or discussions about difference between Gentoo and Funtoo. [15] The most marked difference between the two would be no systemd support in Funtoo, but still delivering for example a working Gnome desktop[16] without the systemd need [17].


  1. "DistroWatch.com: Funtoo Linux". 17 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  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. "Gentoo Creator Daniel Robbins: Making Linux Free and Flexible - Exclusives - LinuxInsider". www.linuxinsider.com.
  7. "Google Groups". groups.google.com.
  8. "News:Kits are Go (Switch to Them!) - Funtoo". www.funtoo.org.
  9. "funtoo/meta-repo". GitHub.
  10. "Metro - Funtoo". www.funtoo.org.
  11. "Package: Boot-Update (sys-boot/boot-update)". www.funtoo.org.
  12. [1]
  13. "Pre-built kernels!". funtoo forums.
  14. "Funtoo Linux Kernels - Funtoo". www.funtoo.org.
  15. "Differences between, pros and cons of Gentoo and Funtoo • r/linux". reddit.
  16. Nestor, Marius. "Gentoo and Funtoo Linux Users Can Now Enjoy the GNOME Desktop Without systemd".
  17. "News:Gnome-3.20 Update - Funtoo". www.funtoo.org.

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