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   gentoo 0.11.51
[1278 KB, tar.gz]
Requires GTK+ 1.2.x.
Released 2004-05-09.

Download Patch
   0.11.50 to 0.11.51
[35 KB diff -pruN patch]

Linux Packages


Maintainer: Josip Rodin

Gentoo [*]

Type: emerge app-misc/gentoo

Red Hat 9
Red Hat 8.0
Red Hat 7.3

Maintainer: Matthias Saou


Maintainer: James Simmons


Type: cast gentoo

BSD Packages
FreeBSD Port
[Maintainer: Oliver Braun]
NetBSD Port
[Maintainer: Pehr Johansson]
OpenBSD Port
[Maintainer: Jim Geovedi]

Other Packages
[Maintainer: Nik Vukovljak]


gentoo is a modern, powerful, flexible, and utterly configurable file manager for UNIX systems, written using the GTK+ toolkit. It aims to be 100% graphically configurable; there's no need to edit config files by hand and then restart the application. gentoo is somewhat inspired in its look & feel by the classic Amiga program DirectoryOpus 4 (by GP Software), but is not a "clone". gentoo has been successfully tested on a variety of platforms, including Linux (x86, Alpha, and PS2/MIPS), Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD.

gentoo was written by Emil Brink. The first lines of code were entered in May 1998, with the first public release in September of the same year. There have been over 60 releases since then.


Some of the main features of gentoo are:

  • Written from scratch, in straight ANSI C and utilizing the GTK+ toolkit.
  • Aims to be 100% graphically configurable, and comes pretty close, too.
  • Powerful file recognition system allows you to configure how files of different types are shown (with colors and icons), and what happens when you doubleclick them (spawn image viewers, music players, etc).
  • Includes more than 120 original pixmaps icons (16x15 pixels).
  • Internal support for most file operations (copy, move, rename, makedir etc).
  • Licensed under the GNU General Public License, and thus Open Source software.

Annoying Loud Blurb

  Translators Wanted!  
I would very much appreciate help in getting gentoo translated into as many languages as possible. If you're interested, grab a copy of the GNU gettext manual, figure out your language and country codes and drop me a line! Don't just start, this needs coordination. Thank you.


The most modern (0.11.x) releases of gentoo require GTK+ 1.2.x. If your system does not have GTK+ installed, you need to download it from http://www.gtk.org/. Use the gtk-config --version command to test your installation.

It is nice, but not required, to have the file(1) command installed, since gentoo can use it to identify filetypes. Please be aware that not all file commands supplied with commercial Un*xes are good enough to be used with gentoo (this is the case with Sun's file implementation, for example). You might want to look for a replacement. The version found here is highly recommended.

gentoo can utilize FAM (by SGI, also on Freshmeat), if your host supports it. Recommended.


A few screenshots of gentoo are also available. They show gentoo version 0.11.30, running under Window Maker and were taken on 2002-07-21:

User-Contributed Screenshots

[*] Gentoo the Linux distribution has nothing to do with gentoo the file manager, except the latter runs on the former. I actually used the name first of the two, way back in September 1998. I've been in touch with the Gentoo folks, and we're cool.

gentoo distribution archives are hosted by SourceForge.

New releases of gentoo are announced on FreshMeat. You can go directly to the AppIndex page. And please vote! :)