Redcore Linux was started and is currently developed by Ghiunhan Mamut who “plays” multiple roles: full-time maintainer, coder, packager, ISO creator, bug Squasher, and so on …. in a word, that means that he is working alone. He does however accept contributions from anyone regardless of area of interest (website, wiki, bugs, packages etc).
Ghiunhan Mamut is a regular guy, passionate about technology and especially of GNU / Linux. He has no IT degree, but is self-taught, he likes to learn new things and experiment with parameters of a GNU / Linux system. He uses Linux everyday for more than 10 years starting 2006. During this time he used to be a classic distro-hopper, and he used many distributions but he never felt completely satisfied by none of them. He used : Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, Mandriva, Rosa, ArchLinux, Chakra, Slackware and in the end he settled to Gentoo in December 2012, a distribution he fell in love with and never left since.
Redcore Linux is a distribution based on Gentoo Linux (stable + some unstable) and a continuation of, now defunct, Kogaion Linux. Kogaion Linux itself was a distribution based initially on Sabayon Linux, and later on Gentoo Linux and it was developed by RogentOS Development Group since 2011. Ghiunhan Mamut himself joined RogentOS Development Group in January 2014.
However, after more than 5 years of development, RogentOS Development Group decided to discontinue Kogaion Linux in November 2016, but Ghiunhan Mamut didn't want the project to die, and so Redcore Linux was born.
Redcore Linux shares the same idea as his defunct ancestor, Kogaion Linux : to bring the power of Gentoo Linux to the masses. It aims to be a very quick way to install a pure Gentoo Linux system without spending hours or days compiling from source code, reading documentation etc.. To achieve this goal, it provides a repository with prebuilt binary packages which receives continuous updates (rolling release model).
Redcore Linux targets casual Laptop/Desktop users and, to some extent, Workstation power users. It will nicely fill any gaming, multimedia, office and internet browsing needs. Some development tools are also available. For that reason one cannot expect to find any server application in the repository (apache, lighttpd, mysql, nginx etc.). The repository will always remain small in size, focusing on quality and performance rather than quantity.
Redcore Linux is built from Gentoo Linux stage3. We then add a kernel, a bootloader and a few other things like dbus and initramfs generator (Dracut), we configure the init system (OpenRC) and so we have the core of Redcore Linux, a Gentoo Linux stage4 if you will. Deploying this stage4 will give you a very basic console only bootable Gentoo Linux system. We then squashfs this stage4 and use it as a base for everything. Vasile , our swiss army knife makes use of it to compile packages against, and create the ISO images. Easy peasy!
Under the hood you will find the following core components :
Redcore Linux supports both BIOS/MBR and EFI/GPT(no Secure-Boot for the moment) installations with or without full disk encryption enabled. Users can setup an encrypted /root, swap and/or /home partitions. Any other encrypted partition layout is not supported by default.
On the desktop side, you will find the following components :
As of this writing the repository has 1707 packages and is growing. I invite you all to explore and discover the goodies.
Thank you for using Redcore Linux!