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1.  Hosting Sponsors

Gentoo would like to thank the following companies and organizations who donate various services and equipment to further the development of Gentoo. Without these organizations, Gentoo would not be where it is today.

Oregon State University: Open Source Lab (OSUOSL)

Oregon State University
OSU Open Source Lab

Located at Oregon State University in beautiful Corvallis, Oregon, the Open Source Lab is a focal point of development, hosting and other assorted services for the Open Source community.

OSU provides several services to the Gentoo project. In addition to serving as the primary source mirror for Gentoo, they also provide colocation space for several Gentoo servers.

Bytemark Hosting

Bytemark Hosting

Bytemark Hosting provide Gentoo Linux with servers and services which drive our network of global mirrors. They are a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the United Kingdom and provide scalable, powerful and affordable hosting with lots of "geek friendly" extras as standard. They've deployed Gentoo Linux within their network to provide a flexible solution to difficult problems, such as providing a network rescue environment for all dedicated hosts.

7L Networks

7L Networks is a leader in Cloud Hosting services, dedicated servers, and is a leading Toronto server colocation provider. 7L has been proudly donating server hosting services to Gentoo Linux since 2004. In addition, they donate dedicated servers to CentOS, Linux Mint, Arch Linux and a number of other open source communities that rely on sponsorship to succeed.


DigiCert is a premier online trust provider of enterprise security solutions with an emphasis on authentication and encryption via its PKI and high-assurance digital certificates. Headquartered in Lehi, Utah, DigiCert is trusted by a continually growing clientele of more than 80,000 of the world's leading government, finance, healthcare, education and Fortune 500 organizations. The company also leads the market in enabling the Direct, secure exchange of healthcare information via its DirectAssuredT certificates. DigiCert has been recognized with dozens of awards for providing enhanced customer value, premium customer support and market growth leadership. For the latest DigiCert news and updates, visit, like DigiCert on Facebook or follow Twitter handle @digicert.

TOP-IX & Fastbull

TOP-IX & Fastbull

TOP-IX (TOrino Piemonte Internet eXchange) is a non-profit consortium set up in 2002 with the aim of creating and managing a NAP (Neutral Access Point) for the exchange of Internet traffic in North West Italy. Starting from 2006 TOP-IX directly supports start-ups and entrepreneurial environment with the Development Program.

Fastbull association aims at supporting and promoting opensource software and free contents by means of mirroring services.

TOP-IX and Fastbull together foster broadband and open source culture.


DedicatedNOW is an award winning managed dedicated server provider located on the East Coast (US). Established in 1997, DedicatedNOW provides managed dedicated servers, colocation, server security, CDN and a wide range of complex hosting services.

DedicatedNOW provides Gentoo with a dedicated server within its NY-Metro datacenter.

hotelkatalog24/thinex is a hotel catalogue and online travel agency founded in 2003. Today serving 90,000+ hotels with hotel descriptions from 150+ travel businesses, 450,000 hotelreviews and many thousand pictures from the most beautiful travel destinations.

thinex provides IT services for hotelkatalog24, and run Gentoo on their servers. Together, they support the ongoing great work of the Gentoo developers and contributors by sponsoring a server for the community.

Tek Alchemy

Tek Alchemy, Inc., located in Austin, Texas provides dedicated servers, VPS, managed servers and colocation in the US. They host many Open Source Projects on dedicated servers including Gentoo. They cater the the "geek" customer, providing stock or custom hardware, custom operating system installations or "do it yourself" installations. They offer dedicated servers with the operating system of your choice, including Gentoo, Debian, CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora and more.

Indoor Cycling

IndoorCycling is the leading expert in Europe for indoor cycling and spinning. They feature all the major labels and Brands such as Tomahawk, Star Trac and Schwinn, as well as many house-brands. Because they want to focus on our business, they very much depend on a reliable IT-Infrastructure for our servers, which is provided by Linux and brought to a very high standard by Gentoo Linux. They welcome the idea of OpenSource software and are very happy to contribute our small part by sponsoring the project as a sign of their gratitude to the entire Gentoo community.



Kartenzia is a young start-up based in germany, providing their customers with personalized invitations for various occasions like Hochzeitskarten as well as Weihnachtskarten.

Buchhorn GmbH:

Buchhorn GmbH is a small development shop with diverse interests. They follow their hearts and personal credos in working to continuously secure the freedom of Open Source Projects for all users. They greatly appreciate the value of Gentoo and understand the necessity of supporting both developers and infrastructure. is a German finance service provider.



Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) is the global leader in hybrid cloud and founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. Hundreds of thousands of customers look to Rackspace to deliver the best-fit infrastructure for their IT needs, leveraging a product portfolio that allows workloads to run where they perform best—whether on the public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of platforms. The company's award-winning Fanatical Support® helps customers successfully architect, deploy, and run their most critical applications. Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, Rackspace operates data centers on four continents. Rackspace is featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.



Numberly is a 1000mercis Group brand, a pioneer in interactive advertising and marketing, providing innovative solutions for companies willing to optimise their customer acquisition and retention through interactive media (Internet, mobile phones and tablets). Numberly helps its clients to design, develop, implement, and maximise the ROI of their interactive marketing and advertising campaigns.

Numberly proudly provides 3 powerful physical servers dedicated to the Gentoo project with ipv6 support.



LeaseWeb is a leading Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider serving a worldwide portfolio of over 15,000 customers ranging from SMBs to Enterprises. Services include Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Hosting, Colocation, CDN, and Dedicated Hosting supported by exceptional customer service and technical support. With more than 60,000 servers under management, LeaseWeb provides infrastructure since 1997. The company operates 6 data centers in the U.S. and Europe, all of which are backed by a superior worldwide network with a total capacity of more than 3.5 Tbps.

Hetzner Online AG

Hetzner Online AG

Hetzner Online is one of the leading web hosting companies and data center operators in Germany. They offer powerful dedicated hosting solutions, managed servers, vServers, colocation, web space, domains and SSL certificates. Coupled with best prices and outstanding support, Hetzner Online surpasses customers' expectations around the world. Hetzner Online supports the Gentoo project with a powerful dedicated server. is a German family business specialized in offering rebuilt toner cartridges and refilled ink cartridges with a two-year warranty. Their focus is on providing goods from high-quality recyclers whose work is legally compliant. also sells original products for all types of printers, multifunction devices and copiers.

Founded in 2001, WebHosting UK offers cheap and affordable Gentoo Linux Dedicated Servers in UK. Webhosting UK also provides fully managed Shared hosting, Reseller Hosting, Semi Dedicated Hosting and Virtual Private Servers with all important features such as 24x7x365 technical support, 99.95% Uptime Guarantee included as standard.


HP OpenSource Logo

HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. HP has over 200 products that ship with open source software. From client to server to data center, HP is contributing to hundreds of open source projects every day. For more information about HP's open source involvement, check out

HP provides R&D resources and has loaned and hosted Alpha and IA64 hardware for the Gentoo project.

2.  Specific donations

Gentoo would like to thank the following companies and organizations who have made specific donations to further the development of Gentoo.

Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies is a global leader in multimedia, processor and communication technologies. The company creates and licenses market-leading IP solutions for graphics, video and vision, CPU/general purpose processing, multi-standard communications and connectivity, and cross-platform voice and video communications. Imagination's MIPS CPU cores and architectures range from solutions for ultra low-power 32-bit microcontrollers to high-performance 32/64-bit advanced applications and network processing. MIPS is supported by a broad ecosystem of tools and software including open source Linux distributions like Gentoo. Imagination has donated two MIPS64-based Ubiquiti ERLite-3 routers, plus resources to aid Gentoo in providing up-to-date root file system builds for MIPS.



Opengear designs and manufactures next generation console server solutions for secure remote access and control of network devices such as routers, switches, servers, firewalls, uninterruptable power supplies, power distribution units and environmental monitoring devices. The mission of Opengear is to be a leading supplier and thought leader in open source technologies for infrastructure management and an innovative developer of next generation console server and power management solutions. Opengear have donated a number of console servers to Gentoo.



NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the digital media experience on consumer and professional computing platforms, from desktops and workstations to notebooks and handhelds. The company's graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, military navigation systems and video game consoles.

NVIDIA has provided the Gentoo project with numerous AMD development machines and video cards to further development of Gentoo on the Athlon XP and Athlon64 platforms.


Cloanto has donated the Amiga Forever CD to support development and maintenance of Amiga emulation software in Gentoo.



OSTC is the first and largest proprietary derivatives trading company in Poland. They push the boundaries of global market electronic trading using Gentoo and Open Source software as a integral components.



Genesi is a leading provider of Freescale and IBM PowerPC based computing products. Genesi's PegasosPPC MicroATX computer is designed to bring PowerPC technology flexibility and efficiency to the desktop, low-end server and pervasive market segments at an affordable price. Beginning with the 2004.3 release, the Open Desktop Workstation will ship with Gentoo pre-installed.

Genesi has provided many PowerPC based Open Desktop Workstations to Gentoo. For information about Genesi's involvement in the Linux Open Source community, please see


DataRescue logo

DataRescue is the developer of the IDA Pro Disassembler & Debugger, an essential tool for vulnerability research and hostile binary analysis. DataRescue runs several of its public servers and its main internal server on Gentoo Linux.

DataRescue has donated software to the Gentoo Audit Team.

3.  Past sponsors

Gentoo would like to extend a special thanks to all of our past sponsors.

If your organization previously has sponsored Gentoo, and was accidently omitted from the following list, please don't hesitate to contact our infrastructure team, so that we may recognize you. We've tried to track down all past sponsors, but a few have been non-responsive to requests, or we simply didn't know about them from the very early years of the project.

Hyves provides Gentoo Linux with servers and hosting for the Bugzilla cluster. They are a cutting-edge European social network, and run Gentoo on 1800+ servers.


gentoo dedicated servers provided by

Founded in 2003, Hegerys (formerly Euro-WEB & SD-France) provides advanced outsourcing solutions; leasing and hosting of dedicated servers; development and customized services for SME to large corporate clients. Coupled with best prices and outstanding customers support, Hegerys have over 5,000 customers and 850 managed servers. Hegerys supports the Gentoo project by providing them a number of powerful dedicated servers coupled with strong IPv6 connectivity.

Global Netoptex, Inc.

Global Netoptex, Inc.

GNi is a leading provider of customer-centric managed services that extend their customer's infrastructure and dramatically reduce their customer's total cost of ownership. They provide the experts, resources and solutions to meet and exceed their customer's unique on-site and off-site requirements.

Neustar UltraDNS

NeuStar UltraDNS

Neustar's UltraDNS provides advanced, highly intelligent, and globally scalable directory service solutions that significantly enhance the performance and reliability of networks and mission critical information-exchange applications.

Neustar previously provided DNS hosting services to the Gentoo project, including advanced features including Directional DNS to provide load-balanced DNS services for our pool of rsync servers, and SiteBacker for server health monitoring and failover capabilities to our core infrastructure servers.

Indiana University (IU)

Indiana University

Indiana University was founded in Bloomington, Indiana in 1820. The University has since then grown to eight campuses across Indiana, with a total enrollment reaching 100,000 graduate and undergraduate students. IU offers 116 academic programs that are ranked in the nation's top 20. There are over 460,000 IU alumni worldwide.

Indiana University has provided colocation for Gentoo infrastructure servers, as well as a high volume source and portage mirror.

Department of Physics - University of Trieste

Department of Physics - University of Trieste

The Physics department at the University of Trieste has provided infrastructure services to the Gentoo project and hosts all of our mailing lists for several years.

Inverse Path

Inverse Path Ltd.

Inverse Path Ltd. is an international consultancy providing design and implementation of secure network and infrastructures with particular expertise in open source software. Among its services it offers Gentoo commercial support for deployment in production environments as well as professional training.

Inverse Path previously provided a VOIP server for use by Gentoo developers.



Pilosoft provides a multitude of Internet-related services, including DSL connectivity, shared and dedicated web hosting, colocation facilities and customized IP services.

Pilosoft provided bandwidth and colocation services for the Gentoo Linux project.

Southern Nazarene University (SNU)

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university-a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 25,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world.

SNU provided use of a dedicated server and bandwidth to the Gentoo Linux project.

University of Florida: Open Systems Group

The Open Systems Group at the University of Florida previously hosted a small cluster powering the master mirror service for all community mirrors.

Melior, Inc.


Melior, Inc. provides proven distributed Denial of Service (dDoS) protection and the industry's only Infrastructure Cloaking technology: the iSecure True Intrusion Prevention System (TIPSTM)

Melior, Inc. provided the server, bandwidth and colocation facilities for a old developer account box, main web node, and a dedicated rsync server.

Ethernetworks Germany

Ethernetworks Germany is specialized on professional networking, internet security solutions as well as shared and dedicated web hosting. Server integration into multi platform business networks is Ethernetworks Deutschland main scope of duties, just as Crossplatform network design including Linux, MacOS X and Windows.

Ethernetworks Germany provided use of a PowerPC G4 along with colocation and bandwidth space for it.

Lumen Software

Lumen Software

Lumen Software utilizes Gentoo as the base Linux distribution in all our pre-configured server products. Lumen Software's EzThin Server products are pre-configured Linux server solutions that provide a complete solution for the small office to a large scale enterprise organization. EzThin features pre-installed applications (productivity software, graphics, etc.), virtual desktops (maintenance free and require no base OS), remote access, centralized user and user desktop management, automated server updates and more. Lumen Softwares development has focused on creating an environment that allows organizations to take advantage of the full benefits of Linux without the need of any Linux experience or training. This focus has culminated into the EzThin Server solutions we have today, with EzThin Server certified partnerships with Dell and Gateway.

Lumen Software provided funding in 2004 to further development of our Portage package management solution. Inc is Canada's largest webhost, offering services ranging from shared web hosting to virtual servers to co-location and dedicated servers. provided a dedicated rsync server which was part of the rotation.

University of Virginia

University of Virginia Logo

University of Virginia hosted quite a few Alpha boxes used by the Gentoo/Alpha developers for building new Gentoo releases as well as daily work such as keyword testing and security bumps.

4.  Source and rsync mirrors

Gentoo relies heavily upon a global network of rsync and source mirrors. Without these mirrors, access to new packages, updates to the Portage tree and new releases of Gentoo Linux would be impossible. Some mirrors are provided by individuals, others by companies. You can find a complete listing on our Gentoo mirrors page.

5.  Anonymous Sponsors

Several other companies and organizations provide services and assistance to the Gentoo project, but have expressed a desire to remain anonymous. We would like to thank those sponsors for their support of Gentoo.

Page updated February 1, 2014

Summary: Sponsors of Gentoo

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