Carbs Linux is a source-based Linux® distribution that aims to be simple, flexible and extensible while staying as pragmatic and practical as possible. The system can consist of as much or as little as its user can intend to.
Carbs Linux uses its own package manager Carbs Packaging Tools, a POSIX shell package manager forked from KISS with the tool-based approach of xbps. Its aim is to deliver easy-to-use tools while also providing a powerful POSIX shell library that can be used to further extend and script the packaging system.
By default, Carbs Linux comes with busybox for coreutils, libressl for its crypto library, musl libc, and other basic utilities that are required for building new software. The majority of the base packages are statically linked.
Multiple Init Support
Carbs Linux has support for multiple init systems and service supervisors. In the main repository are
for init systems, and
for service supervisors. The carbs-init package is the collection of init scripts that ensure the interoperability of these init and service systems, and make it easier for the user to switch to their preferred combinations of system supervision.
Nothing holds you back, however, from ditching any of these and packaging some other system supervision technique along with your own init scripts.
Latest Blog Posts
- 2021-10-12 | Two Years of Carbs Linux
- 2021-25-10 | October 2021 News Post
- 2021-30-06 | June 2021 News Post
Latest Package Changes
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A server migration for the downloads page is in place. During the downtime, please use dl-backup.carbslinux.org for your downloads. Certain packages may need a temporary sources file change during this downtime.
EDIT: The download page should be back up again.
The IRC channel '#carbslinux' has moved to libera.chat.
A new rootfs tarball has been released, but the signature verification method has been switched to signify(1) from GnuPG. The latest public key can be retrieved from https://dl.carbslinux.org/keys. Many distributions provide the signify tool, and Carbs Linux provides it by either the signify or the otools packages. Installation instructions and the user manual will be updated tomorrow to reflect upon this change.
After long consideration, Carbs Linux has again switched from BearSSL to LibreSSL for good.
Our Git repositories are back up, and you can switch your remotes back to them, if that's your preferred method.