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amd64 Release Notes for Gentoo Linux 2005.0


1.  The Gentoo Linux Project


Gentoo Linux is a community driven project committed to producing high quality opensource software. These release notes for Gentoo Linux 2005.0 summarize important package updates, security updates, and many other changes that have happened since Gentoo Linux 2004.3

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 2005.0

Security Updates

Gentoo Linux 2005.0 contains security updates to address GLSAs (Gentoo Linux Security Advisories) numbered 200410-27 to 200503-17.

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 Linux Security Project home page.


Errata Workaround
Creating a RAID fails because of missing device nodes Manually create the device nodes using MAKEDEV md
Bootsplash doesn't appear for modes below 1024x768 Modes below 1024x768 are not supported by the splashscreen on the livecd. You should be able to install anyway since it's just eyecandy
Missing distfiles on Universal LiveCD 2 Files are missing on the Universal LiveCDto be able to complete the merge of sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-2.6.11-r3. To come around this, you have to use the -r1 release. To achieve this, please run echo "=sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-2.6.11-r1 ~amd64" >> /etc/portage/package.keywords and then run emerge =sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-2.6.11-r1.

Critical Package Updates

Important package-versions in this release:

  • gcc 3.4.3-r1
  • glibc 2.3.4-20041102
  • gentoo-sources 2.6.11-r3
  • hardened-sources 2.6.10-r2
  • vanilla-sources
  • Portage
  • 6.8.2-r1
  • KDE 3.3.2
  • GNOME 2.8.1-r1
  • XFCE4 4.2.0

There are two kernels available on the livecd that will run on both, uniprocessor and smp machines. The first one, gentoo, is for all AMD K8 systems and is NUMA capable. The second one, gentoo-em64t is a generic x86-64 kernel with SMP support that should run on all systems.

For information about how to change your profile please read the Gentoo/AMD64 2005.0 upgrade guide

Warning: Please follow above guide by the letter, or your system may end up unusable.

Portage Updates

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

Userland Updates

  • Catalyst, the Gentoo Release Metatool, is stable in Portage as version 1.1.1. To use Catalyst, simply emerge catalyst.

Documentation Updates

Much consideration and time has been spent on the Gentoo Installation Handbook in order to get it more in sync with Gentoo 2005.0. 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

3.  Upgrading and Installation of Gentoo Linux 2005.0

Installing Gentoo Linux 2005.0

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, 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 is one kernel available on both bootable cds. It will run on both, uniprocessor and smp systems. The kernel is based on linux-2.6.11 (gentoo-sources-2.6.11-r3). The alternative kernel, gentoo-em64t, is compiled without AMD K8 optimization and without NUMA support, but with SMP support. Press "F1" at the boot prompt to choose which kernel to boot into.

The LiveCDs are located on the mirrors as follows:

LiveCD Description Location on Mirrors
Universal bootable LiveCD /releases/amd64/2005.0/installcd/install-amd64-universal-2005.0.iso
Minimal bootable LiveCD /releases/amd64/2005.0/installcd/install-amd64-minimal-2005.0.iso
Non-bootable GRP-/Packages CD /releases/amd64/2005.0/packagecd/packages-amd64-2005.0.iso

Upgrading to Gentoo Linux 2005.0

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 2005.0 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 2005.0. 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.


Page updated 20 March 2005

Summary: Gentoo 2005.0 Release Notes.

Chris Gianelloni

Danny van Dyk
amd64 Release Coordinator

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