Calculate Linux

What is… Calculate Linux?

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You can learn about Linux ® here.
The Calculate project features several distributions, optimized for two distinct groups of people: home users as well as small and medium businesses that prefer open-source to proprietary solutions.

Calculate Linux Desktop is a complementary solution for the Server and together they provide important features like roaming profiles and centralized software deployment.

Calculate Directory Server can successfully replace a Windows NT ® domain controller (Windows clients supported) and provides additional services that can be deployed in a matter of minutes: LDAP, Mail, Jabber and many others.

Calculate Linux is based on Gentoo that is well known for its stability and great performance on a broad range of hardware: from Pentium Pro to modern CPUs.


You can watch the full video here.

Why make another distribution?

Most of the modern Linux distributions are intended for enthusiasts, except Novell SLES/SLED, Ubuntu and RedHat EL. However, even if you use these, setting up a client/server environment could be tricky (especially when you have to manage both Windows and Linux clients). We created our own distribution to help other people who want to use GNU/Linux instead of a proprietary OS for their business needs.

Got a Question?

• Bugs
If you find an error, check our Known Bugs list for known solutions.

• Chat
If you need assistance, feel free to ask in the IRC Chat dedicated to Calculate Linux - #calculate on Freenode.

• Email
You can also ask our community directly on our Mailing List.

• Social Networks
You can find like-minded people on Facebook, on the Calculate Linux page.

Forum activity

07/27 - RE: Dark Themes? (Michael Holberton)

Hi Bill,


07/26 - RE: Previous version of aMule accessible through the repositories? (Michael Holberton)

Hi Bill,

I can't seem to find it in the repositories.

$ sudo emerge -pv "=net-p2p/amule-2.3.1" 

Local copy of remote index is up-to-date and will be used.

These are the packages that would be merged, in order:

Calculating dependencies... done!

emerge: there are no…

07/26 - RE: Calculate and Gentoo (Extremolinux Apellido)

Yes, there are differences in portage folders (custom, 0-base, ...), package_accepts_words and others. I'm also interested in an article clarifying the differences with Gentoo.

07/26 - RE: Calculate and Gentoo (Antonio Pini)

Hi Bill,
thank you for your prompt reply.
Excuse me if my questions are a bit dumb, but I am fairly new to Linux in general and to Calculate Linux and Gentoo in particular.
I have read the Distrowatch review and I am clear about the fact that Calculate Linux provides a friendly install of a Gento…

07/26 - RE: Dark Themes? (Bill Chivers)

Which desktop environment are you using?

07/26 - RE: Graphical installer doesn't detect my partitions list? (Fernando Negro)

I finally had the opportunity today to test the new (stable) 17.6 version of CLDX, and its live DVD already detects my partitions list.

(I don't know what the problem was, but the new version of Calculate's live DVD doesn't have it any more.)

Thanks for your help.

07/26 - RE: Calculate and Gentoo (Bill Chivers)

I'll kick off, but people more knowledgeable then me might correct me or add to this!

- Calculate Linux is Gentoo Linux with the Calculate overlay added.
- Using Calculate the installation is much easier than with Gentoo, including providing a compiled Linux kernel.
- Calculate gives you var…

07/26 - RE: texlive-science is preventing me from updating my system (Bill Chivers)

That worked thanks Adrien (after I removed dev-texlive/texlive-science!)

Thanks, Bill

07/26 - RE: How to change the login theme. (Antonio Pini)

I'm having a problem with cl-setup-themes.
I used the first time and it worked perfectly, changed the login background image.
Then I used it to change the login background image again but this second time it just loaded the same image instead of the one I put in the /etc/calculate/ini.env file.

Thank you!