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DistroWatch.com: Funtoo Linux

Funtoo Linux

Last Update: 2017-05-24 00:20 UTC

Funtoo Linux is a Gentoo-based distribution developed by Daniel Robbins (the founder and former project leader of Gentoo Linux) and a core team of developers, built around a basic vision of improving the core technologies in Gentoo Linux. Funtoo Linux features native UTF-8 support enabled by default, a git-based, distributed Portage tree and Funtoo overlay, an enhanced Portage with more compact mini-manifest tree, automated imports of new Gentoo changes every 12 hours, GPT/GUID boot support and streamlined boot configuration, enhanced network configuration, up-to-date stable and current Funtoo stages - all built using Funtoo's Metro build tool.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 170 (54), 6 months: 175 (55), 3 months: 169 (54), 4 weeks: 152 (54), 1 week: 140 (53)

Average visitor rating: 8.67/10 from 3 review(s).

Funtoo Summary
Distribution Funtoo Linux
Home Page http://www.funtoo.org/
Mailing Lists http://groups.google.com/group/funtoo-dev
User Forums http://forums.funtoo.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://www.funtoo.org/
Screenshots --
Download Mirrors http://www.funtoo.org/Download
Bug Tracker http://bugs.funtoo.org/
Related Websites Wikipedia
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Feature current
Release Date 2017-05-24
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
CDs --
Free Download Stages
Installation Text mode
Default Desktop --
Package Management SRC (Portage)
Office Suite GOffice, KOffice, OO.o
Processor Architecture i486, i686, sparc64, x86_64
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4, JFS, ReiserFS, XFS
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List current
Package current
abiword (3.0.2) 3.0.2
alsa-lib (1.1.4) 1.1.3
ati-driver (16.40) 15.12
bash (4.4) 4.3p48
bind (9.11.1) 9.11.0-P5
chromium (58.0.3029.110) 60.0.3100.0
cups (2.2.3) 2.2.3
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.3.5
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.4
firefox (53.0.3) 53.0
freetype (2.8) 2.7.1
gcc (7.1.0) 6.3.0
gimp (2.8.22) 2.9.4
glibc (2.25) 2.23
gnome-shell (3.24.2) 3.20.4
gnucash (2.6.16) 2.6.15
gnumeric (1.12.34) 1.12.32
grub (2.02) --
gtk+ (3.22.15) 3.20.9
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.25
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.92.1
k3b (17.04.1) 2.0.3
kmod (24) 23
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1
libreoffice (5.3.3) 5.2.4
linux (4.11.2) 4.9
Package current
lxde-common (0.99.2) 0.99.1
mariadb (10.2.6) 5.5.56
mate-desktop (1.18.0) 1.16.1
mesa (17.1.0) --
mysql (5.7.18) 5.6.36
nautilus (3.24.1) 3.20.3
NVIDIA (381.22) 381.09
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1
openjdk (8u131) 1.8.0
openssh (7.5p1) 7.4p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.1.0e
perl (5.24.1) 5.24.0
php (7.1.5) 7.1.5
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) 5.9.2
postfix (3.2.0) 3.1.4
postgresql (9.6.3) 9.6.3
Python (3.6.1) 3.6.1
qt (5.8.0) 4.8.6
samba (4.6.3) 4.6.3
systemd (233) 233
thunderbird (52.1.1) 52.1.1
vim (8.0) 8.06
vlc ( 2.2.4
xfdesktop (4.12.3) 4.13.0
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.19.1

Reader Ratings
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Version: current
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-25
Votes: 1

Unable to compare to Gentoo directly because after researching what would be my next distribution I decided to go directly to Funtoo from Debian. It is easier then LFS(Linux From Scratch) but still not for beginners. Portage has been interesting. If nothing else, 52 years working with computers and 35 years working with UNIX and its clones has taught me, things change and not all systems are the same. So if you want to use Funtoo, you need to dig in and learn how it works. Following the instillation documentation will allow you to have a basic system up and running in a short amount of time. You then have to decide on which DE(Desktop Environment) and WM(Window Manager) you want and compile same. Check out Funtoo profiles and the epro command to help with configuring your system.

It will take longer then most distributions to install and have a "useful" system, but you have more control over what is installed.

Not all packages that I use are in the repository. So far I have been able to download and build those packages from source with minimal effort. Without ebuilds for those packages, I needed to figure out the dependencies on my own.

I will say Funtoo has been very stable.

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Version: current
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-03-06
Votes: 4

Maybe slightly easier to use than Gentoo, mostly because it uses a Debian kernel by default, which needs no compilation. I also like the fact its official repository (its equivalent to the Portage tree) is git-controlled, and not synced via rsync (which is the case for the Portage tree of Gentoo) so one can sync up as many times per day as one wants without angering the maintainers of rsync mirrors and becoming blacklisted. Its /etc/portage/make.conf file is empty by default, which is odd given that Gentoo's equivalent file is usually quite crowded even on a fresh installation. Profiles aren't available for use by eselect, which can make things simpler, I suppose.

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Version: current
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-02-06
Votes: 1

Easier than Gentoo, but still not for beginners. The majority of packages in the repository need to be compiled in order to get installed, a task that requires time, memory, storage and knowledge in the Linux ecosystem, not for the faint of heart.

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