Gentoo VPS

Gentoo



Host Virtual has been a proud official Gentoo sponsor for many, many years! Not only have we hosted a significant part of Gentoo official infrastructure, we're proud that our own developers and customers have actively contributed to the project. When buy one of our plans, you're actively helping us contribute to the Gentoo project & ecosystem!

The tools a Gentoo user needs


Using our Xen powered cloud service you can instantly deploy any of our Gentoo base images -- a basic, stage 3 install that gets you off the ground if you're new to Gentoo or just want to get started quickly. (Both i386 & x64 available - your server will be up on native, dual-stack IPv4 + IPv6 in just 1-2 minutes!)

They can just be a starting point, though - as a Gentoo user, you may want more power and control and we don't limit you. Want to custom compile your kernel? No problem - you can use PV-GRUB to compile a Xen PV kernel and run it yourself, or you can change to fully virtualized mode. Want to run a -hardened kernel with PaX, grsec, etc? Go right ahead!

You can even deploy your server, boot to liveCD and do your own stage(N) install!

About Gentoo

 

Gentoo is a free operating system based on either Linux or FreeBSD that can be automatically optimized and customized for just about any application or need. Extreme configurability, performance and a top-notch user and developer community are all hallmarks of the Gentoo experience.

Thanks to a technology called Portage, Gentoo can become an ideal secure server, development workstation, professional desktop, gaming system, embedded solution or something else -- whatever you need it to be. Because of its near-unlimited adaptability, we call Gentoo a metadistribution.

 

 

Of course, Gentoo is more than just the software it provides. It is a community built around a distribution which is driven by more than 300 developers and thousands of users. The distribution project provides the means for the users to enjoy Gentoo: documentation, infrastructure (mailinglists, site, forums ...), release engineering, software porting, quality assurance, security followup, hardening and more.

What is Portage?

 

Portage is the heart of Gentoo, and performs many key functions. For one, Portage is the software distribution system for Gentoo. To get the latest software for Gentoo, you type one command: emerge --sync. This command tells Portage to update your local "Portage tree" over the Internet. Your local Portage tree contains a complete collection of scripts that can be used by Portage to create and install the latest Gentoo packages. Currently, we have more than 10000 packages in our Portage tree, with updates and new ones being added all the time.

 

Portage is also a package building and installation system. When you want to install a package, you type emerge packagename, at which point Portage automatically builds a custom version of the package to your exact specifications, optimizing it for your hardware and ensuring that the optional features in the package that you want are enabled -- and those you don't want aren't.

 

Portage also keeps your system up-to-date. Typing emerge -uD world -- one command -- will ensure that all the packages that you want on your system are updated automatically.


Gentoo Deployable Images

We've created the following Gentoo images that can be deployed instantly to any of our locations:

Image NameCreated
Gentoo 2014.1 x642014-03-10 18:29:51
Gentoo 2013 (0216) x642013-02-17 04:06:07
Gentoo 2013 (0216) i3862013-02-17 04:05:08
Gentoo 2012 (0619)2012-06-27 14:01:06
Gentoo 2008.02009-10-27 06:36:41
Gentoo 2009.10 (64 bit) - pv2010-07-06 09:52:47
Gentoo 2009.10 (32 bit) - pv2010-07-06 09:50:49
Gentoo 2009.10 (32 bit)2009-10-31 15:32:24
Gentoo 2009.10 (64 bit)2009-10-31 15:34:29
Gentoo 2007.00000-00-00 00:00:00
Image NameUpdated
Gentoo 2014.1 x642014-03-10 18:29:51
Gentoo 2013 (0216) x642013-02-17 04:06:07
Gentoo 2013 (0216) i3862013-02-17 04:05:08
Gentoo 2012 (0619)2012-06-27 14:01:06
Gentoo 2008.02009-10-27 06:36:41
Gentoo 2009.10 (64 bit) - pv2010-07-06 09:52:47
Gentoo 2009.10 (32 bit) - pv2010-07-06 09:50:49
Gentoo 2009.10 (32 bit)2009-10-31 15:32:24
Gentoo 2009.10 (64 bit)2009-10-31 15:34:29
Gentoo 2007.00000-00-00 00:00:00

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