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Gentoo Linux ARM Development
Description The ARM Development Project is devoted to keeping Gentoo in good shape on the ARM architecture.
IRC Channel #gentoo-arm
No lead election date set
(and inherited members)
Parent Project Gentoo Base System
Project listing

The Gentoo/ARM Project works to keep Gentoo the most up to date and fastest ARM distribution available. We are responsible for the maintenance of all ARM specific metadata and the testing of all other non ARM specific meta-data on the ARM architecture to ensure portability. Portability implies reusable metadata.

Bugs are tracked and resolved from the Gentoo bug tracker and correspondence is maintained on the various ARM related mailinglists. (#gentoo-arm and those belonging to the sub-projects).


The goal of the Gentoo ARM development project is to guarantee that the ARM packages build using Gentoo metadata are up to date. By continuously enhancing the metadata, we provide the ARM user with the Gentoo community feeling, performance, freedom and up-to-dateness. The meta-distribution notion allows for a user to to be as bleeding edge as he/she wants:

Gentoo is unique because of its interpretation of the Meta-Distribution notion: all architectures share the same 'generic' metadata (information about how to build packages - how to build a distribution). The ARM developers are responsible for building and testing packages using this meta-data. The meta-data gets marked 'tested' or 'stable' afterwards, depending on the building and testing experience. Our users can use (but don't have to use) this information to build a system that suits their needs.

Stabilization policy

As the Gentoo ARM development project supports various flavors of the 32-bit ARM architecture (to be precise: armv4/armv5/armv6/armv7), the minimum requirements to mark a package stable for ARM are:

  • Successful compilation on all supported 32-bit ARM architectures (Use CFLAGS="-march=$arch" here if you don't have the required devices)
  • Runtime test on at least one of the supported 32-bit ARM architectures

Please take additional care on packages that are not marked stable for ARM yet, as keywording only requires a test on at least one ARM architecture.

How to participate

Can you make computers do amazing things? Are you excited about exploring areas of computing never explored before? We are continuously looking for volunteers willing to spend some of their free time on this project. In return for your work, you get the respect of the ARM community.

If you are interested in helping, but don't have a niche that you are interested in filling, you can always look through There are many many bugs waiting to be found and fixed and many enhancements looking to find someone to code them. Figure out a fix, implement it, test it, and then keep trying to make the patch smaller. Post it for review on, and keep working on it. If it seems ignored, make a new comment in the bug and/or mention it in #gentoo-arm.