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HPPA Release Notes for Gentoo Linux 2005.1


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 2005.1 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 Profile Update
  • 2.3 Errata
  • 2.4 Critical Package Updates
  • 2.5 Portage Updates
  • 2.6 Userland Updates
  • 2.7 Documentation Updates
  • 3. Upgrading from previous versions of Gentoo Linux

2.  Important Changes for 2005.1

Security Updates

Gentoo Linux 2005.1 contains security updates to address GLSAs (Gentoo Linux Security Advisories) numbered to 200507-27.

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
There is no /etc/kernels/-directory as the motd prints. The kernel-config is also packed into /proc/config.gz. Use zcat or zless for viewing.

Critical Package Updates

Important package-versions in this release:

  • gcc-3.3.5-r1
  • glibc-
  • hppa-sources-
  • portage-
  • xorg-x11-6.8.2-r2
  • kde-3.3.2
  • gnome-2.10-r1
  • xfce4-4.2.0

There are two kernels on the InstallCD:

Kernel filename Capabilites
vmlinux Supports uniprocessor HPPA machines
vmlinux64 Supports uniprocessor HPPA 2.0 machines. If you have less then 4 GB of RAM you should choose the 32-Bit vmlinux kernel.

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 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 2005.1. 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 2005.1

Installing Gentoo Linux 2005.1

The entire Gentoo Linux installation process is documented in the Gentoo Handbook.

Each architecture offers two InstallCDs. The first one being an universal bootable InstallCD which can be used to install with or without an Internet connection. The second InstallCD is a bootable minimal InstalCD that is smaller in size and includes only the basics needed to simply boot a machine. In addition we provide a non-bootable subarch-optimized Gentoo Reference Platform (GRP) PackageCD which contains precompiled binaries of popular programs such as, KDE, and GNOME.

At minimum, the universal or minimal InstallCD is required to boot the machine and install Gentoo. The universal InstallCD 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 InstallCD requires an Internet connection to install Gentoo Linux.

There is one kernel available on both bootable cds. It will run on both, uniprocessor and multiprocessor systems. The kernel is based on linux-2.6.12 (hppa-sources-

The InstallCDs are located on the mirrors as follows:

InstallCD Description Location on Mirrors
Universal bootable InstallCD /releases/hppa/2005.1/hppa/installcd/install-hppa-universal-2005.1.iso
Minimal bootable InstallCD /releases/hppa/2005.1/hppa/installcd/install-hppa-minimal-2005.1.iso
Non-bootable GRP-/PackageCD /experimental/hppa/packagecd/$subarch/packages-$subarch-2005.1.iso

Upgrading to Gentoo Linux 2005.1

If you already have a working installation of Gentoo Linux (Version 1.4, 2004.0 through 2005.0) there is no need to reinstall. You will automatically get Gentoo 2005.1 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 2005.1. 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 July 30, 2005

Summary: Gentoo 2005.1 Release Notes.

Chris Gianelloni

Tobias Scherbaum
HPPA Release Coordinator

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