x86 Release Notes for Gentoo Linux 2004.2
The Gentoo Linux Project
Gentoo Linux is a community driven project committed to producing
high quality opensource software. These release notes for Gentoo Linux 2004.2
summarize important package updates, security updates, and many other changes
that have happened since Gentoo Linux 1.4.
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
Important Changes for 2004.2
Gentoo Linux 2004.2 contains security updates to address GLSAs
(Gentoo Linux Security Advisories) numbered 200404-14 to 200407-12.
Individual GLSAs can be referenced by going to
http://www.gentoo.org/security/en/glsa/glsa-$x.xml, and substituting $x
with the desired GLSA number.
For more information, please consult the the
Gentoo Linux Security Project home page.
|Some NForce2 based boards may not display the bootsplash
||Boot using the gentoo-nofb or smp-nofb kernels.
Critical Package Updates
Important package-versions in this release:
- gcc 3.3.3-r6
- glibc 2.3.3-20040420
- Portage 2.0.50-r9
- X.org-x11 6.7.0-r1
- KDE 3.2.2
- GNOME 2.6
- XFCE4 4.0.5
Coreutils is now available in Version 5.2.1 with ACL patches.
X.org-X11 is now the default XServer (current version is 6.7.0-r1).
See also the list of packages available for binary installation
The Portage version included in this release is 2.0.50-r9 and
can be found via our online CVS repository.
- Genkernel has been updated. Its behaviour is different
to previous versions in pre-2004.1 releases.
- Gentoo Linux 2004.2 is fully compatible with Linux kernel 2.6.
To use kernel 2.6, just emerge gentoo-dev-sources.
- Catalyst, the Gentoo Release Metatool, is stable in Portage as version
22.214.171.124. To use Catalyst, simply emerge catalyst.
- The default XServer has changed from XFree86 to x.org's X-Server.
If you want to use the new server instead of the old XFree (which is unmaintained now)
simply emerge xorg-x11 instead of xfree
Much consideration and time has been spent on the Gentoo Installation Handbook in
order to get it more in sync with Gentoo 2004.2. Please note that it is a constant
work in progress, and if any bugs are encountered, please refer them to the Gentoo Linux
bugtracking system at http://bugs.gentoo.org.
Upgrading and Installation of Gentoo Linux 2004.2
Installing Gentoo Linux 2004.2
The entire Gentoo Linux installation process is documented
in the Gentoo Handbook.
Each architecture offers three LiveCDs. The first one being a universal
bootable LiveCD which can be used to install with or without an Internet connection.
The second LiveCD is a non-bootable subarch-optimized Gentoo Reference Platform (GRP)
LiveCD which contains precompiled binaries of popular
programs such as X.org-x11, KDE, and GNOME. The third LiveCD is a bootable minimal LiveCD
that is smaller in size and includes only the basics needed to simply boot a machine.
At minimum, the universal or minimal LiveCD is required to boot the machine and install Gentoo.
The universal LiveCD requires an Internet connection to install from a stage1
installation tarball, but does not require an Internet connection to install
from a stage3 installation tarball. The minimal LiveCD requires an Internet connection
to install Gentoo Linux.
There are several kernels to choose from when using a Gentoo LiveCD to boot your
machine. The two main choices, the 2.4.26 (gentoo-sources-2.4.26-r6) based gentoo kernel and the 2.6.7 (gentoo-dev-sources-2.6.7-r11) based smp kernel
will boot the machine into either uniprocessor or multiprocessor (SMP) mode, respectively.
The other two options, gentoo-nofb and smp-nofb boot the machine into uniprocessor
or multiprocessor mode without console framebuffer support. Press "F1" at the boot
prompt to choose which kernel to boot into.
The LiveCDs are located on the mirrors as follows:
||Location on Mirrors
|Universal bootable LiveCD
|Minimal bootable LiveCD
|Non-bootable GRP LiveCD
Upgrading to Gentoo Linux 2004.2
If you already have a working installation of Gentoo Linux (Version
1.4, 2004.0, 2004.1) there is no need to reinstall. You will automatically get
Gentoo 2004.2 if you sync your Portage tree and run
emerge --update world. If you still have an installation
with a Gentoo 1.2 profile it might make sense -- in some cases --
that you do a new installation.
There is also the possibility to update your system to a 1.4
profile from which you -- as already stated -- can easily get to
Gentoo 2004.2. This update includes recompiling of glibc and some
essential system packages; it will take a very long time (possibly
longer as a complete re-installation) and it might also fail. So if
you still have an installation with a Gentoo 1.2 profile, it's
your decision whether you update or reinstall.
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