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Another Raspberry pi 64-bit Operating System with KVM enabled now!

Another Raspberry pi 64-bit Operating System with KVM enabled now!
We have seen in the previous week, there are few operating systems supports raspberry pi 4 and even arch Linux community Manjaro released their version which is far better than the native Raspbian OS.

Manjaro is aarch64 based OS featuring similar User Interface to that of its normal Desktop version. Showed great signs with further polishing of installing new packages.

But, now we have a new OS - Gentoo version having updated with KVM (virtualization enabled). Obviously, any Raspberry pi enthusiastic man would like it to run VM(Virtual Machine) on Raspberry Pi 4 as it cornered into the full-fledged Desktop system.

Details on the project Gentoo:

This project is a bootable, microSD card 64-bit Gentoo image for the Raspberry Pi 4 model B, 3 model B and 3 model B+ single board computers (SBC).

The image's userland contains a complete (OpenRC-based) Gentoo system (including a full Portage tree) - so you can run emerge operations immediately - and has been pre-populated with a reasonable package set (Xfce v4.12, LibreOffice v6.3.0.4, Firefox Quantum v68.0.1, Chromium v76.0.3809.87, Thunderbird v60.8.0, VLC v3.0.7.1, Kodi v18.0, GIMP v2.10.12 etc.)

Gentoo, GCC v9.1.0, Clang v8.0.1, IcedTea v3.13.0 (OpenJDK 8), Go v1.12.7, Rust v1.36.0 and various versions of Python are of course bundled also ^-^ As of version 1.2.0 of the image, all userland software has been built under Gentoo's 17.0 profile, and, as of version 1.5.0 of the image, the new RPi4 Model B is also supported (and to reflect this, the project itself has been renamed, from gentoo-on-rpi3-64bit to gentoo-on-rpi-64bit ).

The kernel and userland are both 64-bit (arm64/aarch64), and support for the Pi's VC4 GPU (VC6 on the Pi4) has been included (using vc4-fkms-v3d / Mesa), so rendering performance is reasonable (e.g., glxgears between 400 and 1200fps, depending on load and system type; real-time video playback).

The Pi's onboard Ethernet, WiFi (dual-band on the RPi3 B+ / Pi4 B) and Bluetooth adaptors are supported, as is the official 7" touchscreen (if you have one).

Sound works too, both via HDMI (given an appropriate display), and the onboard headphone jack. As of version 1.1.0 of the image, a weekly-autobuild binhost, custom Gentoo profile, and binary kernel package have been provided, making it relatively painless to keep your system up-to-date (and, because of this, genup has been configured to run automatically once per week, by default).

As of version 1.4.0 of the image, access to the RPi3's hardware video codecs (and camera module, if you have one) is supported too, via the V4L2 framework, and, as of version 1.5.0, these features are available on the RPi4 also.

Additionally, on the RPi4, the use of dual monitors is supported (but not required) as of version 1.5.0 (as is accelerated graphics, via V3D / Mesa). And, there is no 3GiB 'memory ceiling' anymore: if you are fortunate enough to own a 4GiB Pi4, all 4GiB of that RAM is usable.

Download the OS from here --> DownloadGentoorpi64bit

Things to Consider on virtualization,

KVM is enabled but it is based on aarch64 hence normal desktop images need additional kernal ,bootfs, rootfs to work on this.

Aarch64 based Operating systems can be directly used for Guest Operating system on the VM.


  1. Are you aware that not everyone who builds things with SBC's is a man, right?

  2. The initial root password on the image is raspberrypi64


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