ppc Release Notes for Gentoo Linux 2006.0
The Gentoo Linux Project
Gentoo Linux is a community driven project committed to producing high
quality opensource software. These release notes for Gentoo Linux 2006.0
summarize important package updates, security updates, and many other
changes that have happened since Gentoo Linux 2005.1
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 2006.0
Gentoo Linux 2006.0 contains security updates to address GLSAs (Gentoo
Linux Security Advisories) numbered 200507-28 to 200601-14.
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 2006.0 the PowerPC team made rather big changes to
the profile. The merge of the ppc32 and ppc64 profiles went forward.
Furthermore the ppc32 profile has been changed in a way, that it offers
a minimalistic generic profile for all purposes, located in
release-dependent profile is optimized for desktop-usage and located in
There are some subprofiles available for G3 and
G4 processors, and G3/Pegasos and
G4/Pegasos for the Pegasos Open Desktop Workstation.
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.
|There is no bootsplash
||As the bootsplash, known from previous releases, consumes 25 MB of
disk-space on the CD, we decided to leave it out in order to hand
you a smaller ISO.
|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
Critical Package Updates
Important package-versions in this release:
There are two kernels on the InstallCD:
||Supports uniprocessor and multiprocessor 32-bit PowerPC
||Supports Genesi's Pegasos I and II Open Desktop Workstation,
with multiprocessor support.
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 2.0.54 and the ChangeLog
can be found via our online CVS repository.
- Catalyst, the Gentoo Release Metatool, is stable in Portage as
version 2.0. To use Catalyst, simply emerge catalyst.
Much consideration and time has been spent on the Gentoo
Installation Handbook in order to get it in sync with Gentoo
2006.0. 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 .
Upgrading and Installation of Gentoo Linux 2006.0
Installing Gentoo Linux 2006.0
The entire Gentoo Linux installation process is documented in the Gentoo
The PowerPC release team offers three InstallCDs. The first one being a universal
bootable InstallCD which can be used to install with or without an Internet
connection. The second InstallCD is a non-bootable subarch-optimized
Gentoo Reference Platform (GRP) CD which contains precompiled
binaries of popular programs such as X.org-X11, KDE, and GNOME. The
third InstallCD is a bootable minimal CD that is smaller in size and
includes only the basics needed to simply boot a machine.
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
There are two kernel available on both bootable CDs. It will run on
both, uniprocessor and multiprocessor systems. The kernel is based on
linux-184.108.40.206 (gentoo-sources-2.6.15-r4). Please refer to the handbook
for booting the CD
The InstallCDs are located on the mirrors as follows:
||Location on Mirrors
|Universal bootable InstallCD
|Minimal bootable InstallCD
|Non-bootable GRP-/Packages CD for generic PowerPC
|Non-bootable GRP-/Packages CD optimized for G4
Upgrading to Gentoo Linux 2006.0
If you already have a working installation of Gentoo Linux (Version
1.4, 2004.0 through 2005.1) there is no need to reinstall. You will
automatically get Gentoo 2006.0 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
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 2006.0.
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.
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