Distributions based on Gentoo

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The purpose of this page is to collect information on all current distributions that are based on Gentoo.

Users are encouraged to extend and update the list below. Before adding a new entry, please verify that the distribution in question is actually based on Gentoo (i.e. built using Ebuilds). To qualify as current, the latest release of release-based distributions should be no older than 12 months, project's websites need to be accessible, at least. Thanks!

These distributions are neither tested not endorsed by the documentation project. Users should make their own judgements as to whether they are stable, secure, and have sufficient development or support.

Active projects

This list may not be complete, and links and versions can get out of date. Version numbers updated on 2023-10-17.
Name Latest release Primary language Purpose
Bicom Systems PBXware 2023-09-19 (7.0.0 [1]) English "Telephony Platform. ServerWare software."
Calculate Linux 2022-12-29 (23) [2] English "The Calculate project features several distributions, optimized for two distinct groups of people: home users as well as small and medium businesses that prefer open-source to proprietary solutions."
Chromium OS N/A English "An open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web."
ChromeOS Flex 2023-04-06 English CloudReady was an operating system built and maintained by Neverware, now it is called ChromeOS Flex and is owned by Google.
exGENT 2023-01-21 English "The best thing with exGENT is the premier autodetection of hardware and the ability to relatively easily install the systems to hard drive during a live session."
Flatcar Linux N/A (rolling) English "Flatcar Container Linux is an immutable Linux distribution for containers. It is a friendly fork of CoreOS Container Linux and as such, compatible with it."
Funtoo 2023-09-28 English Gentoo fork of ex-Gentoo leader Daniel Robbins
GentooPlayer 2023-02-10 (8.30) English "A minimal Linux system based on Gentoo with various changes to the system for better audio performance and very low system latency."
decibel Linux N/A (rolling) English "A professional digital audio workstation. (Formerly known as Gentoo Studio)."
LiGurOS N/A (rolling) English "A source based distribution building upon code and packages from a broad family of Gentoo-based distributions."
Macaroni Linux - English Binary distribution based on Funtoo, optimized for containers.
MoccacinoOS N/A (rolling) English MocaccinoOS uses Luet as Package Manager which is completely static and fully based on containers.
Pentoo N/A English "Security-focused livecd"
Porteus Kiosk (5.5.0) English "A lightweight linux operating system which has been restricted to allow only use of the web browser"
Redcore Linux 2023-02-23 (23.01) English "While a desktop oriented distribution, it aims to bring the power of Gentoo Linux to the masses with easy-installation and system management software"
Xenia Linux 2023-07-17 (0.4) English "Xenia Linux is an immutable distribution focused on providing a modern, up-to-date, and stable desktop"

Inactive projects

Name Latest release Primary language Purpose
Argent Linux 2019-01-26 (v1.x) English "Server, Workstation development and enterprise oriented distribution based on Gentoo"
BitDefender RescueCD 2017-01-27 English "Bitdefender Rescue CD is a free tool that scans and cleans your computer whenever you suspect a malware threat is affecting its operation"
Clip-OS EOL English "The ANSSI’s CLIP OS project is currently a research project, it is delivered as-is, without regular development or maintenance guarantee."
CloverOS GNU/Linux Dead English "CloverOS GNU/Linux is a Gentoo image (stage4) and binhost optimized for performance that aims to be both minimal and out of the box." Main website is down as of 2022-02-01, may no longer be active.
Container Linux - English "A discontinued open-source lightweight operating system based on the Linux kernel and designed for providing infrastructure to clustered deployments"
Fireball ISO 2019-01-26 (1.4.1) English "A VMWare virtual appliance that builds a bootable ISO image containing a stripped-down custom version of Gentoo Linux, focused on providing firewall and other services to a network."
Gentoox 2003-08-23 (7.1 Home) English "The original Xbox adaptation of Gentoo"
Knopperdisk 2007-03-19 (USB version) English "The floppy version is a so called rescue disk. [..] The USB version is more than just a rescue disk [..] and contains various other programs/utilities [..]."
Kogaion Linux 2016-11-xx Romanian "localized desktop-oriented distribution based on Gentoo"
Litrix Linux 2011-12-15 (11-12) Portuguese Portuguese desktop live CD for simple tasks (e.g. network access, editing documents, playing media files)
OpenNAO - NAO OS 2013-06-27 ([3]) English "It’s an embedded GNU/Linux distribution specifically developed to fit the NAO robot needs."
PapugLinux 2011-07-19 (11.1a) English "The goal of PapugLinux is to provide a minimal but functional free operating system and to be runable on most computers, from 128mb old systems to the latest powerful configurations."
PixieLive 2013-11-08 English Poulsbo/GMA500 for Netbooks
RogentOS 2012-10-16 Romanian Parent of Argent and Kogaion; RogentOS stands for "Romanian Gentoo Operating Systems Group".
Sabayon N/A (rolling) English "Follows the "out of the box" philosophy, aiming to give the user a wide number of applications ready to use and a self-configured operating system. Also has its own binary package manager, Entropy, that can be used alongside, or instead of Portage." Now based on Funtoo.
Securix GNU/Linux 2015-02-01 English "Securix is hardened Linux server distribution based on Hardened Gentoo which aims to be easily manageable, most secure Linux operating system with own monitoring, configuration, compliance (XCCDF+OVAL), reporting and alerting system."
Spike Pentesting 2015-04-19 English "Spike is a pentesting distribution based on Sabayon Linux."
SystemRescue 2018-11-14 (5.3.2) English "A Linux system rescue disk available as a bootable CD-ROM or USB stick for administrating or repairing your system and data after a crash." Newer releases of SystemRescueCd are not based on Gentoo.
Tin Hat 2015-06-16 English "Linux distribution derived from hardened Gentoo which aims to provide a very secure, stable and fast Desktop environment that lives purely in RAM."
Toorox 2012-12-29 English "Linux live system - a fast and easy way to install a Gentoo system."
Ututo - Spanish (English?) Ututo used to be based on Gentoo (still is ?), according to Wikipedia.
Zentoo Linux N/A English "A variant of Gentoo Linux with an emphasis on server deployment on x86_64 platforms"
If any of these turns out to be active, please move them to the section on active ones, above. Thank you!

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