Araxes Networks

Purpose-built, open source networking

Project maintained by Troy Martin Copyright (c) 2013-2019 The Cordilon Group

The Araxes project is an open source operating system for x86 architecture PCs, servers, and appliances, with no reliance on Unix-like design, semantics, or software. It is available free of charge in both source and binary forms under the terms of the ISC license.


Feburary 13, 2019 - Refresh

We are in the middle of refreshing the Araxes website to better reflect the goals of the project and its eventual expansion of scope in the coming months. If you've been waiting for a release, you're going to have to wait a little bit longer; we have plenty of things in the works that will be unveiled as progress is made towards a stable release candidate.

Getting and Building

Obtaining Araxes

Obtaining the latest Araxes source can be done through Git (git clone or via a tarball of the Git master branch HEAD (click "Latest TAR" in the top right of the page). Please note that HEAD may not always be stable, and is likely to have more bugs than a stable release. Stable releases will be made available periodically when there is more to the operating system.

Also in the future, pre-built live CDs will be available in ISO format. The disc images will contain the operating system in bootable form. These will be released alongside (and be built from) the periodic stable source releases.

Building from Source

Building the operating system is not a particularly complex process. The majority of the time needed is consumed by building a GCC/binutils cross-compiler. Once the toolchain is installed, the operating system build process can be initiated and automated (and even tested) with the build-araxes command, to compile the build assistance tools, build the kernel, userspace, and live CD ISO.

For a more in-depth look into the build process and the required tools, see the latest file.

More documentation...


First-party code

All first-party code in the Araxes operating system is under the terms of the ISC license. The ISC license is functionally equivalent to the simplified BSD license, but removes wording that is unnecessary under the termes off the Berne Convention. In summary:

The full terms of the ISC license are available in the repository as

Contact Us


You can email the Araxes support team at Email support is responded to on a best-effort basis; please do not resubmit your query if you don't immediately receive a response.


Real-time chat with the Araxes team and community is available on the Freenode IRC network in the #araxes channel. We highly recommend registering a NickServ account to ensure your messages are not automoderated.