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DeveloperLinuxBBQ-team around Julius Hader (machinebacon).
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateActive
Source modelOpen source
Initial release1 June 2012 (2012-06-01)
Latest release(Rolling release)
Available inmultilingual
Update methodAPT
Package managerdpkg
Platformsx86, amd64
Kernel typevarious (Linux)
Default user interfaceMany
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official websitelinuxbbq.org at the Wayback Machine (archived 31 August 2018)

LinuxBBQ is a desktop-oriented operating system based on the "unstable" branch of Debian, which uses the codename Sid.


LinuxBBQ is based on Debian's most modern branch, sid. There is a homemade collection of tools and scripts to help out with various things, and it has a lightweight browser that is being developed in-house. Certain efforts are made to keep releases (relatively) "bloat-free", and light-weight.[citation needed]

LinuxBBQ's most notable feature[citation needed] is in the idea of "Roast Your Own". This allows the user to take a LinuxBBQ Base Edition (or any release), make changes (installing certain applications, for example), and then make a snapshot of the system and turn it into a bootable ISO file.

From the About-page on the official website:

We believe the entirety of the Linux landscape has its worth to the general Linux community, and it would be silly to exclude a certain WM/DE or application based upon little more than prejudice and hearsay. So, we allow users an easy way to try them all out, but each with a setup that will work (and work well) on nearly every computer out there (with some unavoidable exceptions of course), and we encourage users to "Roast Your Own". Naturally, this means the inclusion of proprietary elements. We are well aware this goes against the grain of the common FOSS ideas, but frankly, we care more for actually getting a working system than for sitting behind our wifi-less computers as the victors of idealism.

— LinuxBBQ, [1]

Live media[edit]

Each release comes as a Live CD, booting to a graphical desktop without installation. On the Live CD a USB installer is provided to create a Live USB system, but the Live USB can be created easily from the Live CD ISO file.[1]


Once LinuxBBQ is installed, it can be kept up-to-date with updates from the Debian Sid and LinuxBBQ repositories. Updates are typically run from command line using apt-get. Because post and pre install scripts in the Debian packages may restart your display manager during updates and cause conflicts with running userspace applications, it is recommended that users upgrade their system outside of X (i.e. while NOT running the "GUI"). This is achieved by applying all updates at "run-level 3".[2]


Depending on the release, any available package in the Linux community may be included. One of the aims of LinuxBBQ is not to exclude certain parts of the Linux landscape, and a watchful eye is kept out for more obscure applications and lesser-known projects.[3]


LinuxBBQ releases are diverse and many. They come in a couple of different types.[4]

Base editions[edit]

The LinuxBBQ Base Editions are releases that may be used as a solid base to build your own system on. These releases contain only an essential set of applications, leaving room for the user to decide what he/she wants to do with the system.

Special editions[edit]

The LinuxBBQ Special Editions are releases tailored to suit a specific goal. There are releases aimed at music production, studying and publishing, gaming, visually impaired users and children. These releases contain a specific set of applications that are expected to be useful in a specific case.

Development editions[edit]

The LinuxBBQ Development Editions are releases that experiment with a certain part of the Linux landscape. For example, the "Gangbang" release contains all the window managers in the Debian repositories, and the "Argentina78" release was a proof-of-concept for the MATE 1.4.2 desktop environment as well as a hat-tip to its Argentinian developer.


The name "LinuxBBQ" is a fusion of the words Linux (the free operating system) and "barbecue" (often abbreviated as "BBQ" in popular language). LinuxBBQ has taken the concept of a barbecue as a friendly gathering and built its "community values" on top of that. Furthering the analogy, releases were named after different pieces of meat. With the introduction of more specialized releases the naming-scheme changed to be more descriptive.[5] Recent releasenames for the Special Editions have been based on sexual slang.[6]

System recommendations[edit]

LinuxBBQ offers a plethora of different releases, some of which are supported for the i686 computer architecture, others for the amd64 computer architecture, and yet others for both.[7]

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics Free and open-source software AND Linux : git-machete, Daylight Linux, LosslessCut, YunoHost

Other articles of the topic Free and open-source software : OpenXPKI, OpenCircuits, Spiral Framework, 1964 (emulator), Australia Cash, SoX, Ruqqus

Other articles of the topic Linux : Daylight Linux, YunoHost, SlimPup Linux, LosslessCut, grsecurity, git-machete, Linux
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  • List of live CDs
  • List of Linux distributions
  • Comparison of Linux distributions


  1. LinuxBBQ Wiki (2013-07-31). "How to make a Live USB from a LinuxBBQ ISO file".
  2. Aptosid manual (2013-07-31). "Update Policy".
  3. Mad_Dev (2013-07-31). "PenBang on LinuxBBQ". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  4. "LinuxBBQ Releases". Archived from the original on 28 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  5. "LinuxBBQ 'Count'". Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  6. "LinuxBBQ 'Gangbang'". Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  7. "LinuxBBQ System Requirements". Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.

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