About Pentoo

Pentoo is a security-focused livecd based on Gentoo

It's basically a gentoo install with lots of customized tools, customized kernel, and much more. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the features currently included :

  • Available binary packages, updated 4 times daily
  • Module loading support ala slax
  • Changes saving on usb stick including Unetbootin support
  • XFCE4 wm
  • OPENCL cracking support with development tools
  • Dozens of daily security and functionality updates daily
  • Custom written "pentoo-updater" tool to aid in keeping up to date

Put simply, Pentoo is Gentoo with the pentoo overlay. This overlay is available in layman, so a gentoo user can simply "layman -L && layman -a pentoo".

We have a pentoo/pentoo meta ebuild and multiple pentoo profiles, which will install all the pentoo tools based on USE flags.

Who is behind it

The Pentoo dev team consist of a few core developers and a many random acts of kindness from others. Of course, we are all big Gentoo fans

All devs can be reached on <nickname at pentoo.ch>


Pentoo founder and lead developer emeritus, dictator for life.

  • package maintainer
  • devoted family man
  • temporarily refocused


El Presidente Numero Uno. Current lead of Pentoo, second to the great Grimmlin

  • kernel/wifi stack maintainer
  • Release coordinator
  • package maintainer

Anton Bolshakov (blshkv)

Active researcher and practicing penetration tester

  • Zero's second in command
  • package maintainer
  • upstream pusher
  • all things QA
  • fixes all ZC's stupid mistakes
  • makes things prettier

Stefan Kuhn (Wuodan)

Came out of nowhere and proved his worth overnight

  • fixes hardened build errors before breakfast
  • release QA
  • squeeky wheel
  • grease