Description and history

T2 System Development Environment (T2SDE) is a flexible, source-based, Distribution Build Kit / Open Source System Development Environment (some say Meta Distribution). Its aim is to support as many CPU architectures as possible as well as multiple kernels, with cross-compiling being the core feature.

Developed by René REBE and contributors.

username password note
root password configured at install time

License and type

Libre: GPLv2 and above.

Packaging, sources, repositories and building

Packaging: compressed tarballs (currently with zstd).

Sources: https://svn.exactcode.de/t2/trunk

Repositories: No binary repositories at the moment.

Being a source-based distribution, all build scripts are available in the source repo above.

Quick start guide

Documentation (old but still mostly relevant)


Homepage https://t2sde.org/
Based on ROCK Linux
Status Active
Architecture alpha, arm, arm64, hppa, ia64, m68k, mips64, mipsel, ppc, ppc64-32, ppc64le, riscv, riscv64, s390x, sparc64, superh, x86, x86-64
Category Source based, Server, Desktop, Embedded
Desktop (default) None
Desktop (available) KDE, GNOME, Blackbox, Sway, TWM, Xfce, or any desktop availlable in the trunk.
Source https://svn.exactcode.de/t2/trunk
Download https://t2sde.org/download/
Release model Quarterly
Packaging gem/tar
Package management mine
Installer stone
Init SysVinit
Shell Bash
C library glibc, musl, uclibc
Core utils GNU coreutils
Compiler GCC
Language English
Country Germany
IRC #t2 on irc.freenode.net
Forum -
Mailing list t2@t2-project.org Click to subscribe
Docs https://t2sde.org/handbook/html/t2-book.html
Bugtracker https://github.com/rxrbln/t2sde/issues/
Translation -
Donations Patron, Paypal, GitHub Sponsors
Commercial Commercial support can be contracted with ExactCODE GmbH
Price -
Social/Contact t2@t2-project.org
Social https://discord.gg/krCPU7ZT
Social https://www.reddit.com/r/t2sde/
ArchiveOS -
Distrowatch https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=t2
Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T2_SDE
on LWN.net Yes
Repology https://repology.org/repository/t2
In the timeline Yes


  • T2 21.11 release candidate
  • T2 21.7 "Rebel Alliance" - 2021-07-08
  • T2 21.5 "Because we can" - 2021-05-16
  • T2 21.4 "Fully Automated" - 2021-04-23
  • T2 20.12 - 2020-12-13
  • T2 20.10 - 2020-12-03
  • T2 8.0 "Phoenix" - 2010-07-14

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