Gentoo Linux Alpha Development
The Gentoo/Alpha Port works to keep Gentoo the most up to date and
fastest Alpha distribution available. We are responsible for the
maintenance of all Alpha specific meta-data and the testing of all other
non Alpha specific meta-data on the Alpha architecture to ensure
portability. Portability implies reusable meta-data.
The goal of the Gentoo/Alpha Port is to guarantee that the Alpha packages
build using Gentoo meta-data are up to date. By continuously enhancing the
meta-data, we provide the Alpha user with the Gentoo community feeling,
performance, freedom and up to dateness. The meta-distribution notion
allows for a user to to be as bleeding edge as he/she wants:
Gentoo is unique because of its interpretation of the Meta-Distribution
notion: all architectures share the same 'generic' meta-data (information
about how to build packages - how to build a distribution). The Alpha
developers are responsible for building and testing packages using this
meta-data. The meta-data gets marked 'tested' or 'stable' afterwards,
depending on the building and testing experience. Our users can use (but
don't have to use) this information to build a system that suits their
||Lead ( Gentoo/Alpha )
||Member ( Security bugs primarily )
||Member ( Porting, Security )
||Member ( Porting )
||Member ( Gentoo/Alpha )
All developers can be reached by e-mail using firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gentoo Alpha
project has the following subprojects:
|Alpha Release Coordinator
Development and maintenance of the Gentoo/Alpha LiveCDs, the installation
stages and the related development tools (Catalyst and Genkernel).
The Release Engineering team crosses architecture boundaries while trying
to develop generic multi-architecture and multi-platform release media.
The aim of the Alpha
Documentation is to ensure that installation instructions are
up to date and offer high quality Gentoo/Alpha docs to our devs and
The Status Reports
Project appears to improve comunication between Gentoo/Alpha
Port and the users community. It tries to be a semestral report where
Gentoo/Alpha devs talk about the port progress during last months, on what we
are working on and what are the next steps programmed for the future.
The Hardened/Alpha project aims to bring some features of the Hardened
project to the Alpha platform. Current efforts are limited to SELinux
support and the hardened-sources.
The Gentoo/Alpha Arch Tester
project is heavily based on the Gentoo/AMD64 Arch Tester
Project and the Gentoo/PPC Arch Tester Project. The Project is meant to help
the Gentoo/Alpha Arch Team providing an stable, secure and up to date Gentoo
The Gentoo Alpha
project maintains the following herds:
||ago, armin76, klausman, mattst88, zlogene
||Alpha specific packages
How to Participate
Can you make computers do amazing things? Are you excited about
exploring areas of computing never explored before? We are
continuously looking for volunteers willing to spend some of their
free time on this project. In return for your work, you get the
respect of the alpha community.
If you are interested in helping, but don't have a niche that you are
interested in filling, you can always look through bugs.gentoo.org. There are many
many bugs waiting to be found and fixed and many enhancements looking
to find someone to code them. Figure out a fix, implement it, test it,
and then keep trying to make the patch smaller. Post it for review on
bugs.gentoo.org, and keep
working on it. If it seems ignored, make a new comment in the bug
and/or mention it in #gentoo-alpha.