The Canterbury Distribution
A Combined Effort of the Community Distributions

The Canterbury Distribution

We are pleased to announce the birth of the Canterbury distribution. Canterbury is a merge of the efforts of the community distributions formerly known as Debian, Gentoo, Grml, openSUSE and Arch Linux.

The target is to produce a really unified effort and be able to stand up in a combined effort against proprietary operating systems, to show off that the Free Software community is actually able to work together for a common goal instead of creating more diversity.

Canterbury Gentoo openSUSE Arch Linux Debian Grml


The Canterbury distribution will combine the best of the linux world to another game changer for the good of the users:


Latest Updates

(2011-04-01) - Public Announce
Today we came to the point where we feel comfortable to announce the joined effort to the general public. Please watch this space over the next days.

(2011-02-16) - The Linux Standard Base 4.1 is released
With the release the Linux Standard Base 4.1 the topic of open standards and joined efforts become a hot topic again. Gentoo and Grml join the project.

(2011-02-10) - Fruitful results of distribution collaboration discussions at FOSDEM
Fosdem last weekend was awesome, as usual. After the Distribution collaboration manifesto panel led by Stefano (Debian) and the cross-distribution installation framework talk by Dieter (Arch) some of us got together and started brainstorming and discussing how we can go from here. Work on the new installer has already started and we brainstormed on how we will take care of further merging of the harder parts, such as infrastructure and system tools.

(2010-10-21) - inter-distribution discussion at openSUSE Conference
During the conference with the motto of Collaboration Across Borders the idea for a combined effort got planted into the heads of several people. Discussions are to come.

Contact Information

Until we have the new infrastructure in place, please give us your feedback by using the #cbproject hashtag on twitter or

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