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SPARC Release Notes for Gentoo Linux 2004.0


1.  The Gentoo Linux Project


Gentoo Linux is a community driven project commited to producing high quality opensource software. These release notes for Gentoo Linux 2004.0 summarize important package updates, security updates, and many other changes that have happened since the last release up until 2004.0.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Overview
  • 2. Important Changes
  • 2.1 Security Updates
  • 2.2 Errata
  • 2.3 Critical Package Updates
  • 2.4 Portage Updates
  • 2.5 Userland Updates
  • 2.6 Documentation Updates
  • 3. Upgrading from previous versions of Gentoo Linux

2.  Important Changes for 2004.0

Security Updates

Gentoo Linux 2004.0 contains security updates to address GLSAs (Gentoo Linux Security Advisories) numbered 200308-01 to 200402-07.

Individual GLSAs can be referenced by going to$x.xml, and substituting $x with the desired GLSA number.

For more information, please consult the the gentoo-security mailing list archive.


Errata Workaround
Irssi is broken in livecd Will be fixed on a newer livecd

Critical Package Updates

List versions included in this release of the following packages:

  • gcc 3.2.3-r3
  • glibc 2.3.2-r3
  • sparc-sources-2.4.24-r2
  • Portage 2.0.50-r1
  • XFree86 4.3.0-r5
  • KDE 3.2.0
  • GNOME 2.4.2
  • Fluxbox 0.9.8
  • XFCE4 4.0.1

Portage Updates

The Portage version included in this release is 2.0.50-r1 and the ChangeLog can be found via our online CVS repository.

Userland Updates

Console detection on sparc is now automatic. The livecd will use the OBP detected or selected console.

Documentation Updates

Gentoo Linux 2004.0 deprecates all single arch installation manuals in favor of the Gentoo Linux Handbook. The Gentoo Linux Handbook offers the most up-to-date information on all aspects of the Gentoo Linux installation process.

3.  Upgrading from previous versions of Gentoo Linux

Upgrading to Gentoo Linux 2004.0

If you already have a working installation of Gentoo Linux (Version 1.4) there is no need to reinstall. You will automatically get Gentoo 2004.0 if you sync your Portage tree and run emerge --update world.


Page updated 29 February 2004

Summary: Gentoo 2004.0 Release Notes

John Davis

Gustavo Zacarias
SPARC Release Manager

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