ppc64 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 teams completed the first steps
to merge the PowerPC 32-bit and PowerPC 64-bit development teams.
This merge results in the use of a common profile. The ppc64 profiles
can be found in
must choose a bit level for your userland. At the moment 32-bit and
64-bit are supported, a multilib userland will be supported in the
near future. For each bit level we also support further sub-profiles
for 970 (the JS20), 970/pmac (the G5),
power3, power4 and power5.
Please update your profile as described in .
|32-bit userland and external kerenl modules.
||Due to complications that arose from creating a 32-bit userland
external kernel modules will not yet compile and function. The
team is working on rectifying this issue.
Critical Package Updates
Important package-versions in this release:
There are several kernels on the LiveCD:
||Supports Apple Powermac G5 and iMac G5 machines.
||Supports Apple xServ G5 machines.
||Supports IBM pSeries hardware.
||Supports IBM POWER5 based hardware.
This includes the IBM i5.
||Supports IBM JS20 Blades.
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 and KDE. 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 a 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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