Pentoo is a security-focused livecd based on Gentoo

It's basically a gentoo install with lots of customized tools, customized kernel, and much more. Here is a non-exhaustive list of the features currently included:

  • Kernel with wifi hacking related packages
  • Module loading support ala slax
  • Changes saving on usb stick
  • XFCE4 wm
  • OPENCL cracking support with development tools
  • System and security updates if you got it finally installed

Put simply, Pentoo is Gentoo with the pentoo overlay. This overlay is available in layman so all you have to do is layman -L and layman -a pentoo.

We have a pentoo/pentoo meta ebuild and multiple pentoo profiles, which will install all the pentoo tools based on USE flags.

Who is behind it

The Pentoo dev team consist of a few core developers and a many random acts of kindness from others. Of course, we are all big Gentoo fans

All devs can be reached on <nickname at pentoo.ch>


Pentoo founder and lead developer, dictator for life.

  • package maintainer
  • devoted family man
  • temporarily refocused


El Presidente Numero Uno. Current lead of Pentoo, second to the great Grimmlin

  • kernel/wifi stack maintainer
  • Release coordinator
  • package maintainer

Anton Bolshakov (blshkv)

Active researcher and practicing penetration tester

  • Zero's second in command
  • package maintainer
  • upstream pusher
  • all things QA
  • fixes all ZC's stupid mistakes
  • makes things prettier

Stefan Kuhn (Wuodan)

Came out of nowhere and proved his worth overnight

  • fixes hardened build errors before breakfast
  • release QA
  • squeeky wheel
  • grease