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Welcome to the Gentoo wiki!

Larry the cow beckons you to explore the Gentoo wiki!

The Gentoo wiki contains documentation for both Gentoo Linux, and the Linux ecosystem at large. Have fun reading and contributing!

 Available documentation

Use the search box on the top right corner of the screen, or browse the wiki using the these links:

There is a documentation menu at the top of every page, to jump to relevant categories.

The wiki holds both official Gentoo project documentation and community-contributed content. The majority of documentation is publicly editable.

Find something to correct, add, or edit? The Please help out! section below provides information to start editing the wiki to help out the whole community.

Note that the Gentoo Handbook is among the best documents found on the wiki, it contains the official installation documentation and more!

Official documents have a Handbook: or Project: prefix (only developers can edit them). Community members can leave comments/feedback for these pages via their respective discussion pages.


March 10, 2023: New IRC bot for the wiki's recent changes!

Gentoo's newest developer P.Fox (ris) , who done some great work improving our documentation over the last year, has now taken up the Gentoo cloak officially. As a first fruit of his promising involvement, the wiki project is happy to announce that we now have an experimental IRC bot lurking in a newly created #gentoo-wiki-changes (webchat) channel. We expect to develop the bot's intelligence and capabilities for wiki maintenance in future updates.

Please join our new channel if you want to watch our bot spam changes in (nearly) real time. As mentioned, this bot is experimental, and we are open to receiving any helpful feedback and critique as we explore the bot's use case as a monitoring mechanism and discussion facilitator... while you're there, be sure you extend a greeting to P.Fox (ris) !

January 9, 2023: Wiki emails to Gmail accounts issue has been fixed!

Greetings and happy New Year! We are happy to announce that the issue (bug #856757) preventing wiki email messages from being received at Gmail accounts has been (finally!) resolved.

Larry was utterly happy to moo-ve on from that hurd-le...
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 Please help out!

If you have useful information to add to the wiki, or spot something that needs fixing, please take a little time to contribute, and share with the rest of the community!

Check out the contributor's guide for information on getting started with wiki editing. The Help pages contain all available information on making edits. The guidelines explain how content should be laid out.

If there is an error on the wiki, please see the what to do when noticing an error on the wiki‎ page. If there is something to improve, comments can be left on the Feedback page.

For questions related to editing the wiki, and for anyone starting out contributing, please join the #gentoo-wiki (webchat) IRC channel on Questions may also be addressed by email to

See the translating article about helping translate the wiki.

For general Gentoo support, such as installation advice, software issues, bugs, etc., please get in touch with the support community, not the wiki team. General support is not provided by the wiki project.

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