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
(by GP Software), but is not
gentoo has been successfully tested on a variety of platforms, including
Linux (x86, Alpha, and PS2/MIPS),
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:
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- 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.
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
figure out your
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
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
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:
- Main Window
[By Stefan Eiserman, 77 KB GIF]
- Main Window, big
[Also by Stefan Eiserman, 333 KB JPG]
- Window Maker dock icon
[By Kris, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 21 KB XPM]
- Main Window (themed GTK+)
[By Stefan Nicolin, 75 KB JPG]
- Main Window (themed GTK+)
[By Johannes Tevessen, 58 KB GIF]
- Main Window (Cygwin/Win32)
[By Erik Sittmann, 388 KB JPG]
- Main Window (Linux/PS2)
[By Marco Piampiani, 633 KB JPG]
- Main Window, Config (IRIX)
[By Jens Mayer, 230 KB PNG]
[*] 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
You can go directly to the
And please vote! :)