Carbs Linux

Carbs Linux is an independent 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.

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Package Manager

Carbs Linux uses its own package manager Carbs Packaging Tools, a POSIX shell package manager 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.

Small base

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.

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Feb 05, 2023

A new rootfs tarball (targeting the x86_64 architecture) including the latest version of the package manager has been released and can be found on the downloads page.

Jan 25, 2023

The xorg repository has been removed, the distribution now only supports Wayland. The documentation have been updated to reflect the changes, and includes a guide for xorg users to switch to wayland.

Nov 22, 2022

The server migration was completed around 04:30 UTC. All services should be back to normal, please report in the IRC channel if you encounter any issues.

Nov 07, 2022

On Tuesday, 2022-11-22 01:00-05:00 UTC there will be scheduled migration of the Carbs Linux servers. During this time period you can expect some downtime for the Fossil and Git repositories, website, the mail server, as well as the IRC logger.

Feb 14, 2022

A server migration for the downloads page is in place. During the downtime, please use for your downloads. Certain packages may need a temporary sources file change during this downtime.

EDIT: The download page should be back up again.