I'm struggling to understand how Funtoo is different from Gentoo, The Funtoo website claims to be an improved version of Gentoo saying this:

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.

That doesn't seem so different to me. Are those advantages worth a different distro and are there any downsides?

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    I am wondering in what way a random current popular distribution (e.g. Debian) does not have UTF8 enabled by default ... Jun 6, 2011 at 7:54
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    @maxschlepzig Gentoo (and subsequently Funtoo) was the first distribution to enable full UTF-8 encoding across the entire system. Although current distributions don't have any problems with UTF-8 now, it was a huge deal back then. Jun 6, 2011 at 9:25
  • Other than saving time on building packages, I don't see any "improvement" can't be merged to standard gentoo by DIY.
    – daisy
    Nov 25, 2012 at 1:08
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    "non-constructive"? Maybe the title could be rephrased or else, to give the essential meaning of this question: what are the differences between Gentoo - Funtoo. Jul 26, 2013 at 0:26
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    Would I have access(ed) this Q&A before, it would help me (more or less -- does it matter?) understand the differences between Gentoo and Funtoo. I was not aware of it or I did not search well for answers. I decided to give Funtoo a try only after reading Funtoo's wiki-page. Natutally, I did only understand a few things. Having tried Gentoo 2-3 times in the past, and being not an expert, I was only guessing the "differences". Fortunately, I received quite some support from Funtoo-ers in the #funtoo IRC. I'd appreciate if this answer receives more attention and becomes a real Helper. Jul 26, 2013 at 0:44

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Oh you will notice the differences...

  • a git pull is way faster than the rsync one :)
  • the automated kernel build is a real nice feature, you will see
  • ebuilds that are maintained by CoreTeam have a cleaner structure, not so much usage of external modules but inline the ebuild so a build gets clean...
  • GPT/GUID support is also very nice, cleaner structure of your HDD
  • Daily work is like with gentoo
  • git based User Overlay is launched, so users can participate in funtoo too, and ebuilds will be directly included into main tree after approval

So you should try it. Also funtoo is doing great work on QA for packages that concern the Core, funtoo tries to build a rock solid, bleeding edge Core System. :)


In day-to-day usage, funtoo feels just as gentoo. The main noticeable difference is in syncing (via git in funtoo) and the contents of default overlays, which for funtoo include perl-experimental from what I remember.


From what I an see, reading the Funtoo documentation, another USP here will perhaps be the simplified kernel build in the install.

# echo "sys-kernel/sysrescue-std-sources binary" >> /etc/portage/package.use
# emerge sysrescue-std-sources

From http://www.funtoo.org/wiki/Funtoo_Linux_Installation#Configuring_and_installing_the_Linux_kernel

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