Carbs Linux - a simple linux distribution

Carbs Linux is an in-development Linux® distribution with a suckless mindset. The base system consists of only the necessary programs to create a Linux distribution.

Package Manager

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.

Small base

By default, Carbs Linux comes with busybox for coreutils, bearssl 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.



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Sep 16 2020

The libressl “revert” was reverted. System update will replace libressl dependencies with bearssl. You may choose to keep or remove bearssl after the update.

Sep 03 2020

The default TLS provider has been reverted to ‘libressl’. System update will replace bearssl dependencies with libressl. You may choose to keep or remove bearssl after the update.

Jul 27 2020

Carbs Linux’s fork of the kiss package manager has been renamed to Carbs Packaging Tools due to huge amount of changes. Your latest kiss update will handle the bootstrapping. You will need to rename your KISS-* variables to CPT-*

Jun 17 2020

A new rootfs tarball including the changes to the core is released and can be found on the downloads page.

May 26 2020

An initial version for binary package management is released. It can be found on the GitHub page.

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