A flexible, source-based Linux distribution.

Every user has work they need to do. The goal of Gentoo is to design tools and systems that allow a user to do that work as pleasantly and efficiently as possible, as they see fit. Our tools should be a joy to use, and should help the user to appreciate the richness of the Linux and free software community, and the flexibility of free software. This is only possible when the tool is designed to reflect and transmit the will of the user, and leave the possibilities open as to the final form of the raw materials (the source code.) If the tool forces the user to do things a particular way, then the tool is working against, rather than for, the user. We have all experienced situations where tools seem to be imposing their respective wills on us. This is backwards, and contrary to the Gentoo philosophy.

Put another way, the Gentoo philosophy is to create better tools. When a tool is doing its job perfectly, you might not even be very aware of its presence, because it does not interfere and make its presence known, nor does it force you to interact with it when you don’t want it to. The tool serves the user rather than the user serving the tool.

The goal of Gentoo is to strive to create near-ideal tools. Tools that can accommodate the needs of many different users all with divergent goals. Don’t you love it when you find a tool that does exactly what you want to do? Doesn’t it feel great? Our mission is to give that sensation to as many people as possible.

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Gentoo Foundation 2017 Projects

  • Mykyta Holubakha
    A utility to manage packages in overlays
    A utility is proposed to semi-automatically import ebuilds with deps from various sources (with subsequent management and updates) atomically to a...
  • Christo Kotsi
    Gentoo Stateless Environment
    A stateless system based on Gentoo, which aims on making the maintenance of multiple machines easier, improve stability and usability on environments...
  • Alice Ferrazzi
    kernel live patch - automatically check and live patching the Kernel
    I propose an utility to semi-automatically check the kernel for known security vulnerabilities and live patch the kernel if there is a security risk...