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Funtoo Linux – Installation and Configuration

Learn how to handle one of the most famous Gentoo-based distributions.

I run a free Linux-based operating system based on Gentoo and started around 2008 by Daniel Robbins. Today we will explore this peculiar distribution a little further. Funtoo Linux The first step is installing the distro itself. In the video below we set up our party table through Ubuntu using Gparted, creating the following partitions within an extended partition.

After that we set up the parties of root and boot and we download stage3 for installing Funtoo 64-bit into the root mounted directory and after that we unzip it. Then we assemble the devices we need to chroot and then do it. And then we synchronize the Portage directory tree with the Funtoo officer using the ego command and then change the fstab (change the number of parties and change the noauto boot to defaults) and then update the applications from Portage. We handle errors, add services to start with OpenRC and install and configure grub. With everything finished, we left the chroot and disassembled the devices and restarted the machine to check. Watch the full video of the installation.

Configuring and installing applications

  • bspwm It is a lightweight, tiled, minimalist C window manager that organizes full binary tree windows. Its installed size less than 600KB. Bspwm has support for EWMH and multiple monitors. It only responds to events and X messages it receives in a dedicated socket of a program included in its package, bspc.
  • Polybar It's a quick and easy-to-use tool for creating status bars. It is intended to be easily customizable using various modules that allow for a wide variety of (editable) features such as displaying workspaces, date, or system volume. Polybar is especially useful for window managers that have a limited or nonexistent status bar, such as awesome or i3. Polybar can also be used in complete desktop environments such as Plasma.
  • Rofi a launcher that began as a simplewitcher clone, written by Sean Pringle and later expanded by Dave Davenport.

We install, tweak, and configure these and other applications as follows:


We finish the series on Funtoo Linux and show how to customize Polybar, Rofi and other applications and configurations. At the very beginning (after logging in with our normal user) we set bspwm to start by setting rxvt-unicode, wallpaper, and loading Polybar automatically. Eliminate all doubts by watching the video below that performs all of the above processes and additional tips.

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