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Where to Get Gentoo Linux
Posted on July 16, 2009 by David Abbott


1.  Release Information

Important: The recomended installation method is using the current autobuilds. Installation using the 2008.0 livecd installer is highly discouraged and prone to fail.

Descriptions, release notes, roadmaps, sub-projects and a list of the Gentoo Developers who work on the Gentoo release media can all be found on our Release Engineering Project page.

Please consult our Gentoo Handbooks for more information on what to download and how to install Gentoo.

Downloading Gentoo Linux

Gentoo Linux is available free over the Internet. You can download Gentoo Linux from the appropriate iso and architecture link below.

Gentoo Minimal Install CD and Stages

Our Release Engineering team provides minimal install CDs and stages on a weekly basis. You can find these releases on any of our mirrors in /releases/<arch>/current/. Not every architecture is updated on the same day.

Since these releases are built automatically by Release Engineering servers, there is some chance that a stage or CD may not be produced for a given week. When this happens, just use the latest CD and stage available. More releases are available on our mirrors in /releases/<arch>/autobuilds/. Use this directory if there isn't anything recent enough in current/.

Gentoo Autobuilds Minimal CD/InstallCD
(up to 140 megabytes depending on arch)

alpha amd64 hppa ia64 ppc sparc x86

If you prefer to select a local mirror to download the current autobuild, they are listed at

Follow the links to: /releases/$ARCH/autobuilds/

If you prefer to select a local mirror yourself, they are listed at

Please consult our Gentoo Handbooks for more information on what to download and how to install Gentoo.

Gentoo Linux x86 Quick Install Guide: The Quick install guide covers the Gentoo install process in a non-verbose manner. Its purpose is to allow users to perform a stage3 install in no time. Users should already have prior experience with installing Gentoo Linux if they want to follow this guide.

Important: The Autobuild releases are the current prefered method for installing Gentoo.

Page updated July 16, 2009

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