ppc Release Notes for Gentoo Linux 2005.1
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 2005.0
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
Important Changes for 2005.1
Gentoo Linux 2005.1 contains security updates to address GLSAs (Gentoo
Linux Security Advisories) numbered 200503-18 to 200507-27.
Individual GLSAs can be referenced by going to
substituting $x with the desired GLSA number.
For more information, please consult the the Gentoo Linux Security Project home
With Gentoo Linux 2005.1 the PowerPC team made a first step to merge
the PowerPC 32-bit and PowerPC 64-bit development teams. This merge
leads also in using a common profile. The 32-bit ppc profiles can be
support further sub-profiles for G3, G4,
G3/Pegasos and G4/Pegasos. Please update
you profile as described in .
pbbuttonsd fails to start.
||This tool gives some power and keyboard advantages to Apple Laptop
and Desktop users. On some systems it fails to start, but that
would not harm anything for the installation.
|The bootsplash just hangs.
||It may happen that the bootsplash doesn't update during booting.
Just press Alt-F1 as written on the splashimage.
|The fan on some G4 Apple laptops don't work during installation.
||After the CD has booted you have to call modprobe
therm_adt746x. This will load the appropriate kernel module for
the fan-controler. The initial coldplug does not take care of
|There is no /etc/kernels/-directory as the banner
||The kernel-config is also packed into
/proc/config.gz. Use zcat or zless for
Critical Package Updates
Important package-versions in this release:
There are two kernels on the LiveCD:
||Supports uniprocessor and multiprocessor 32-bit PowerPC
||Supports Genesi's Pegasos I and II machine, currently only
For information about how to change your profile please read .
Warning: Cascading profiles will only work with Portage >=2.0.51. Make sure
to first upgrade to an appropriate version of Portage and then
upgrade your profile!
The Portage version included in this release is 126.96.36.199-r2 and the ChangeLog
can be found via our online CVS repository.
- Catalyst, the Gentoo Release Metatool, is stable in Portage as
version 188.8.131.52. To use Catalyst, simply emerge catalyst.
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 .
Upgrading and Installation of Gentoo Linux 2005.1
Installing Gentoo Linux 2005.1
The entire Gentoo Linux installation process is documented in the Gentoo
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
There is one kernel available on both bootable cds. It will run on
both, uniprocessor and multiprocessor systems. The kernel is based on
The LiveCDs are located on the mirrors as follows:
||Location on Mirrors
|Universal bootable LiveCD
|Minimal bootable LiveCD
|Non-bootable GRP-/Packages CD
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
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.
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