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Last Update: 2023-01-30 01:12 UTC

Exherbo is a source-based Linux distribution inspired by the flexibility found in Gentoo Linux (among others). Designed primarily for developers and advanced users who are expected to take an active role in the development of the distribution, Exherbo offers a decentralised development model, original code, and a fast and flexible package manager called Paludis.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 223 (35), 6 months: 215 (36), 3 months: 204 (36), 4 weeks: 203 (33), 1 week: 195 (32)

Average visitor rating: 7/10 from 2 review(s).

Exherbo Summary
Distribution Exherbo Linux
Home Page http://exherbo.org/
Mailing Lists http://lists.exherbo.org/mailman/listinfo/exherbo-dev
User Forums --
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Documentation http://exherbo.org/documentation.html
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Bug Tracker http://bugs.exherbo.org/
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Feature current
Release Date 2023-01-30
End Of Life  
Price (US$) Free
Image Size (MB)  
Free Download Stages
Installation Text mode
Default Desktop --
Package Management SRC (Paludis)
Release Model Rolling
Office Suite GOffice, KOffice, OO.o
Processor Architecture armv7, x86, x86_64
Init Software other
Journaled File Systems  
Asian Language Support  
Full Package List current
Package current
abiword (3.0.5) 3.0.4
alsa-lib (1.2.9) 1.2.2
amdgpu (23.0.0) --
bash (5.2.15) 5.0
bind (9.18.15) 9.16.1
chromium (114.0.5735.90) 81.0.4044.83
cups (2.4.3) 2.3.1
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.1
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.45.6
firefox (113.0.2) 74.0-zhTW.xpi
freetype (2.13.0) 2.10.1
gcc (13.1.0) 9.3.0
gimp (2.10.34) 2.10.14
glibc (2.37) 2.31
gnome-shell (44.2) 3.36.0
gnucash (5.1) 2.6.16
gnumeric (1.12.55) 1.12.39
grub (2.06) 2.04
gtk (4.10.3) 3.98.1
httpd (2.4.57) 2.4.41
inkscape (1.2.2) 0.92.4
k3b (23.04.1) 20.03.80
kmod (30) 27
krita (5.1.5) 4.2.9
libreoffice (7.5.3) 6.4.2
linux (6.3.5) 5.5.9
Package current
lxpanel (0.10.1) 0.7.2
mariadb (10.11.3) 10.4.12
mate-desktop (1.26.1) --
mesa (23.1.1) 20.0.2
mysql (8.0.33) 5.7.24
nautilus (44.2) 3.36.0
NVIDIA (530.41.03) --
openbox (3.6.1) 3.6.1
openjdk (20.0.1) 7u6
openssh (9.3p1) 8.2p1
openssl (3.1.1) 1.1.1e
perl (5.36.1) 5.30.2
php (8.2.6) 7.4.3
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) 5.18.3
postfix (3.8.0) 3.5.0
postgresql (15.3) 9.6.17
Python (3.11.3) 2.6.2-docs-html
qt (6.5.1) --
samba (4.18.3) 4.12.0
systemd (253.5) 245
thunderbird (102.11.2) 68.6.0
vim (9.0) 8.17
vlc (3.0.18) 3.0.8
wayland (1.22.0) 1.18.0
xfdesktop (4.18.1) 4.12.3
xorg-server (21.1.8) 1.20.7

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Version: current
Rating: 9
Date: 2021-05-17
Votes: 8

All in all: A solid source-based distribution with better infrastructure than (but not as much support or documentation as) Gentoo. Not well-suited to non-technical users, but technical ones will appreciate its configurability and repo federation. It's been my daily driver for five years.

I tend to judge a distro on its package management, since that's what all of them try to do. In that sense, Paludis strives to be "a better Portage"--its conceptual models are cleaner, the vocabulary was chosen more sensibly ("options" instead of "USE flags"), likely in retrospect. As a result, I've found its errors to generally be more comprehensible than Portage's at a first glance, even though it's documentation is much poorer (and nonexistent in some cases). There are many tips and tricks to using it capably, but that's beyond the scope of this review, unfortunately.

The project is tiny, and it cedes that other users need to help with packaging. To that end, there are numerous "unofficial" repositories with packages, and they're a first-class feature (unlike Gentoo's afterthought of "overlays"). If you're using something esoteric, chances are you might have to package as such yourself--but Paludis can also import "built" root images for you, which is especially handy for proprietary software.

Aside from that, some LFS knowledge would be handy, as this distro is certainly not turnkey. But it's one of a few that can support my whimsy (like non-systemd) and not _be_ LFS. If you have a fairly-performant computer and a few days to kill, try it.

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Version: current
Rating: 5
Date: 2021-02-26
Votes: 1

Attempted to install Exherbo, but for some reason, most of the compilations failed because the repository was "unavailable", even after syncing and checking all the config files. I can't wrap my head around these errors, and I've installed CRUX Linux (which, btw, is basically Gentoo with a local ports system and a different codebase/package manager). This wasn't originally going to be a problem until I was supposed to rebuild @world to install systemd (the default init system for some reason), something I wasn't able to do because of some errors involving Git. rebooting, systemD appeared to work properly, until it froze at a certain point every time. This is probably just me (a lowly Slackware/Arch user) not knowing what I'm supposed to do, but If I can't wrap my head around the package management (the syntax is friggin terrible, -x is the least obvious install flag in the history of install commands), and be able to install other source distributions like CRUX, then what the heck is this?
even disregarding this, I'll continue. When paludis/cave did work, it worked like a dream. that alone earns this distro 5 points. but, if basically two-thirds of all the packages won't install because of incomprehensible errors, and this leads me to be unable to install the distribution, then it's safe to say I can't use this. Probably just me being stupid and not knowing how a "real distribution" works, but I couldn't find these errors in any of the documentation (or at least where it was obvious). 5/10 for being unusable. I'll be sticking with CRUX and prt-utils.

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