Gentoo/Alpha Status Report
This is the status of the Gentoo/Alpha porting team. It will be posted
regularly, but not with a static frequency. All questions can be posted to
The Gentoo/Alpha porting team, has its own project page (just like
almost all other Gentoo projects). You can find it at
http://alpha.gentoo.org/. Also you can contact us
via IRC at #gentoo-alpha on irc.freenode.net. The latest status report
can always be found on the Gentoo Linux Alpha Status
Reports subproject page.
This status report will briefly discuss the following tasks, objectives,
and/or projects related to the Gentoo/Alpha porting team:
Since the last status report, some of our developers have gone and some others
have joined the Gentoo/Alpha porting project.
Developers who left the Alpha Team:
Bryan Østergaard (kloeri)
Our leader left Gentoo some time ago. He was one of the oldest alpha
Gentoo developers and one of the main contributors to the port. We
wish him the best.
Thomas Cort (tcort)
Thomas was one of our most active developers but, had to stop his
contributions due to lack of time. We hope to have him with us
again some time in the future.
New developers, arch testers and contributors:
Raúl Porcel (armin76)
Raúl joined the Gentoo/Alpha porting team to help with keywording
and security bugs.
Brian Evans (Gentoo/Alpha arch tester)
Brian joined our arch tester program in May. He is helping with
keywording and bug fixing.
Tobias Klausmann (Gentoo/Alpha arch tester)
Tobias is our last addition to the team. He is also the admin
of our main dev box.
Toolchain and Kernel development
GCC 4.1.2 is our stable version which seems to not have any problem.
Testing with gcc-4.2 is going fine so probably will enter into
~alpha some time soon.
Gentoo/Alpha changed the supported sources and now, we are happy to
announce that gentoo-sources are our default kernel sources.
Gentoo/Alpha current stable version is 2.6.21.
glibc-2.5 is the stable version since February. There was a known
compiling error related to CFI in sigsuspend files. The error was fixed
by bumping binutils version during these last weeks. The testing with
glibc-2.6 goes just fine and it will enter in ~alpha sometime soon.
Gentoo/Alpha is now using an advanced version of binutils due to
fails with stable glibc and a bug which makes ld takes too much
time with some packages. 126.96.36.199.16 is the stable version after
a heavy testing process.
New revision of aboot
Due to some changes in the way the kernel headers allow to use the
types declaration (knowing by "sanitized headers") aboot was not able
to compile against kernel headers >=2.6.19.
Aboot uses a lot of kernel structure definitions so the only quick fix
available was to use the old headers during the building process. Mike
Frysinger was kindly enough to provide a revision of the latest aboot
version and now we have a shiny: aboot-1.0_pre20040408-r1 marked as
Keywording and Security
The keywording process has suffer a major improvement thanks mainly
to the work of armin76 and our arch testers. xorg-7.2, gnome-2.16
and kde-3.5 are stables on alpha as well as latest versions for
all desktop packages.
We also keep the status of security supporting arch attending all
the security bugs managed by the Gentoo Security team with a very
good response time.
Firefox and Thunderbird fixed
In the previous status report, firefox and thunderbird 1.5 series were broken
on alpha. Currently, the situation has changed and now, the latest versions
of these mozilla products are keyworded for alpha.
Alpha Arch Testers Project
The Alpha Arch Testers Project was created by Fernando J.
Pereda (ferdy). The project is
meant to help the Alpha Arch Team provide a stable, secure and up to
date Gentoo Linux port by allowing users to participate in the testing
and stabilization process. If you want to learn more about this
excellent opportunity to give back to Gentoo, please check out the Alpha Arch Testers Project
Hardware donations are always welcome. We will gladly accept spare alpha
hardware. We are specially looking for desktops systems which aren't too
big to keep them in a house. That's because we lack the resources to
test some software which needs to have physical contact with the box
(cd-writers, sound, bootloaders, kernels, etc.).
More powerful systems could be used to assist in testing packages, to provide
developers with access to alpha hardware to port applications, or to assist in
building releases. Alpha computers aren't the only hardware that we could
benifit from, other hardware components are also quite useful to improve our
developers machines. If you would like to make a donation, please drop by
#gentoo-alpha on irc.freenode.net or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
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