You are using an outdated browser which puts all net citizens at risk. As an incentive to upgrade to a current and thus much more secure product (we recommend the free Firefox browser), you won't be able to visit this site in its cute design, but in this rather boring printer-ready version only. Thank you for considering a browser update!

Other Gentoo Overlays


Gentoo Overlays host ebuilds which are not (yet) in the main Portage tree of Gentoo Linux. Overlays therefore extend the pool of available ebuilds a big deal while integrating seamlessly with Portage.


The layman utility manages overlay subscriptions. Install it along with Git and Subversion as the actual ebuilds are hosted in repositories.

emerge -av layman git subversion

Now list available overlays and subscribe overlays you would like to use:

layman -L
layman -a {OVERLAY}

Please note that emerge --sync does not implicitly synchronize subscribed overlays as well. You have to do this with:

layman -S


Sunrise Overlay

The Sunrise Overlay contains user contributed ebuilds which are reviewed by Gentoo developers in order to ensure quality standards. We contribute to the following ebuilds:

  • app-misc/heyu
  • dev-ruby/trollop
  • mail-filter/postwhite
  • net-firewall/vuurmuur
  • net-libs/libvuurmuur

Ruby Overlay

The Ruby Overlay contains bleeding-edge ebuilds related to the Ruby programming language. We contribute documentation, do testing and contribute to ebuilds adapted for Gentoo Prefix.

(We are remaking our web presence and therefore comments are temporary disabled.)