Carbs Linux

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Mar 06, 2024

On Friday, March 8th 2024 between 11:00-15:00 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, as well as the IRC logger. The mail server and the website will not see downtime.

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.

May 22, 2021

The IRC channel '#carbslinux' has moved to

Apr 06, 2021

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 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.

Apr 01, 2021

After long consideration, Carbs Linux has again switched from BearSSL to LibreSSL for good.

Mar 08, 2021

Our Git repositories are back up, and you can switch your remotes back to them, if that's your preferred method.

Mar 04, 2021

Our own git server might stay outdated as it is switching to the new server. Outages should be expected until the end of this week. You can temporarily switch to the mirrors on Sourcehut to avoid repository issues.

Feb 28, 2021

Mailing lists for Carbs Linux has changed, see the mailing lists section for more information on subscribing and list information.

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.

May 19, 2020

A rootfs tarball targeting the i686 architecture has been released. It can be found on the downloads page.

May 10, 2020

A GCC 10.1.0 change causes a kernel panic for kernels built with GCC 10.1. This issue can be resolved by applying this patch to your kernel sources.

EDIT: The patch is no longer necessary.

Apr 27, 2020

A new rootfs tarball has been released! You can see it on!

EDIT: A new bug fix release has been made.

Apr 10, 2020

IRC channel can now be accessed from #carbslinux at freenode!

Apr 06, 2020

A new rootfs tarball has been released. See the downloads page.

Apr 05, 2020

Carbs Linux repositories will be hosted only on Github. Commits will be pushed there, and not the repository. You have until May 4, 2020 Monday to switch your remotes to The git repository will continue to be served until then (without additional commits).

You can switch your remote by executing the following command on your repository directory.

git remote set-url origin

Feb 18, 2020

A new tarball is released. It can be found on

edit: I have removed the tarball because of a bootstrapping issue. I will be re-adding it later today.

edit 2: I have added a tarball (20200219) to reflect my recent changes on Busybox.

Feb 14, 2020

IMPORTANT! Carbs-init update to be released on 17th of February will require manual intervention. I am holding this update back so people can see it before they update their system (even though the update will show the same message as this). The rationale for the update is explained below the intervention.

# There is an explanation for each init You only need to follow the instructions
# for your own init-system

## busybox-init
# If you did not edit your inittab simply move to inittab
mv /etc/ /etc/inittab

# If you did edit your inittab you can use a simple sed command to remove the
# necessary lines
sed -i '/getty/d;/runsvdir/d' /etc/inittab

## runit
# same as busybox-init, if you did not edit /etc/runit/2 move to 2
mv /etc/runit/ /etc/runit/2

# else
vim /etc/runit/2
# open your 2 file and remove the for loop containing getty commands. If you are
# using runit, it is recommended to comment out /etc/init/runit.boot

## sinit/minit
# If you did not edit your {sinit-,}launch-services.boot you can simply remove
# it.
rm -f /etc/init/launch-services.boot /etc/init/sinit-launch-services.boot

# This should leave you without any issues, and you can safely reboot.

Carbs-init update is to make sure init systems do not clash, and do not have to use different files. This is a sensible update both for the user user and for the maintainer side.

To give an example, before this update busybox-init was managing getty through inittab, runit was managing through /etc/runit/2, and minit/sinit were launching from /etc/init/launch-services.boot. This is a configuration nightmare for everyone, and since I am maintaining and constantly testing those init providers, a huge nightmare for me. This is a Quality of Life update.

Feb 13, 2020

Runit is now released on the core repository! You can now replace busybox-init with runit-init. You can also replace the busybox runit utilities with the actual runit. This will reduce the dependency on busybox greatly.

Jan 28, 2020

Web Server is now on a Carbs Linux server. It is not complete yet, but I will be adding a little more for the intended functionality. Downtimes can be expected.

UPDATE: ssl is now working.

UPDATE2: downloads are back again.

Jan 22, 2020

Expect downtime on Jan 24 2020 22:00 UTC as I will be migrating this web server to my Carbs Linux server!

Jan 15, 2020

sinit has been taken to core, and is now officially supported

Jan 13, 2020

Busybox update reqires manual intervention

The new busybox package conflicts with the pre-update busybox-init. That's why you should rebuild and install `busybox-init` before doing the update.

# Do a kiss update first (but don't actually update it yet), or manually pull
# the git repository
kiss u  # Cancel this operation after it asks for you to confirm the update

# Install the busybox-init package
kiss b busybox-init && kiss i busybox-init

# Continue your update as you normally would.
kiss u

I have moved runit and logging utilities from the busybox-init package to the busybox package, which is the cause of these conflicts.

Jan 10, 2020

carbs-rootfs-20200110.tar.xz was released.

Jan 09, 2020

Happy new year, everyone! I am back after some long silence. I was unable to commit for a while, but I have pulled some new updates from the KISS repository, added some of my own. This week I will be changing/adding some things.

Important things are,

Dec 18, 2019

carbs-rootfs-20191218.tar.xz was released.

Dec 17, 2019

Installation instruction are now complete. A review would be greatly appreciated!

Dec 12, 2019

Busybox and Busybox-init has been seperated into two different packages. This is for adding standalone runit/runit-init to the repositories.

Dec 10, 2019

First alpha release was made. See the downloads page.