Gentoox Home 7.1
Distributed as a tbz2 archive
This Gentoo-based operating system is distributed as a tbz2 archive, which contains all the necessary files to boot and install Gentoox on the Microsoft Xbox console. It comprises of the BIOS (Loader.bin), XBE (Loader.xbe), as well as an ISO image.
Runs alongside Xbox’s native OS
Gentoox runs alongside Xbox’s native operating system. During the boot prompt, you can choose between three different installation methods: E, F and Native. Both F and E will create a loopback file system, which won’t touch the hard disk drive of the Xbox console, except for cache partitions.
Choose the "Native" mode to format the F: partition with the ReiserFS filesystem. Keep in mind though, that this method will render that partition to be inaccessible by applications designed especially for Xbox console.
How to install Gentoox
First of all, you must download the tbz2 archive, which has approximately 900 MB in size, and extract it on your Home directory. The Gentoox operating system can be loaded via the Loader.xbe file located on the XBE folder or from a Cromwell-based BIOS file located on the BIOS folder.
Xbox must be using a modchip
Be aware that the BIOS file can be flashed to your modchip during the installation process. Of course, this means that your Xbox gaming console must be using a modchip for the Gentoox Linux operating system to work.
Transform your Xbox into a regular PC
With this project, anyone can transform an old Xbox gaming console into a regular PC. When using either of the E or F installation methods, you are totally risk free. If you don’t like Gentoox, you can simply uninstall it by deleting all the files that will be automatically installed (about 7 in total).
Reviewed by Marius Nestor on September 1st, 2014
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- Fully synchronised software (both with magic and portage as of a few days ago).
- Ditched RAR file format in favour of tbz2 (file sizes are slightly bigger, but it's free!).
- Nifty installer progress bar.
- Updated Busybox in all initrds.
Application descriptionGentoox is an open source Linux distribution derived from Gentoo and designed to run on the Microsoft Xbox gaming cons...