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AMD64 Release Notes for Gentoo Linux 2006.1


1.  The Gentoo Linux Project


Gentoo is a community driven project committed to producing high quality opensource software. These release notes for Gentoo 2006.1 summarize important package updates, security updates, and many other changes that have happened since Gentoo 2006.0

Table of Contents

  • 1. Overview
  • 2. Important Changes
  • 2.1 Security Updates
  • 2.2 Toolchain Update
  • 2.3 X.Org Upgrade
  • 2.4 Errata
  • 2.5 Critical Package Updates
  • 2.6 Portage Updates
  • 2.7 Userland Updates
  • 2.8 Documentation Updates
  • 3. Upgrading from previous versions of Gentoo Linux

2.  Important Changes for 2006.1

Security Updates

Gentoo 2006.1 contains security updates to address GLSAs (Gentoo Linux Security Advisories) numbered 200601-15 to 200608-17.

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.

Toolchain Update

With Gentoo 2006.1 the AMD64 team made big changes to the toolchain. Now it contains the following versions:

  • sys-devel/gcc-4.1.1
  • sys-libs/glibc-2.4-r3
  • sys-devel/binutils-2.16.1-r3

For upgrading gcc from version 3 to version 4, please follow the instructions in the Gentoo Linux GCC Upgrade Guide.

X.Org Upgrade

On Gentoo/AMD64, version 7.0-r1 of X.Org X11 is used. This is the modular version of X. For upgrading, please follow the instructions in the Migrating to Modular X HOWTO. We decided to not use version 7.1, as important binary-only drivers had not yet been released at snapshot time.


Errata Workaround

Critical Package Updates

Important package-versions in this release:

  • sys-devel/gcc-4.1.1
  • sys-libs/glibc-2.4-r3
  • sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-2.6.17-r7
  • sys-kernel/vanilla-sources-
  • sys-apps/portage-2.1-r2
  • x11-base/xorg-x11-7.0-r1
  • kde-base/kde-meta-3.5.2
  • gnome-base/gnome-2.14.2
  • xfce-base/xfce4-

There is just one kernel on the InstallCD:

Kernel filename Capabilites
gentoo Supports uniprocessor and multiprocessor x86_64 AMD and Intel machines.

For information about how to change your profile please read .

Userland Updates

  • Catalyst, the Gentoo Release Metatool, is stable in Portage as version 2.0. 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 in sync with Gentoo 2006.1. 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 2006.1

Installing Gentoo 2006.1

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

The AMD64 release team offers a minimal InstallCD and a LiveCD. The first one being a universally bootable InstallCD which can be used to install only using an Internet connection.

There is only one kernel available on both bootable CDs. It will run on both, uniprocessor and multiprocessor systems. The kernel is based on the linux-2.6.17 series (gentoo-sources-2.6.17-r5). Please refer to the handbook for booting the CD.

The cds are located on the mirrors as follows:

InstallCD Description Location on Mirrors
Minimal bootable InstallCD /releases/amd64/2006.1/installcd/install-amd64-minimal-2006.1.iso
Bootable X-LiveCD containting the Gentoo Installer /releases/amd64/2006.1/livecd/livecd-amd64-installer-2006.1.iso

Upgrading to Gentoo Linux 2006.1

If you already have a working installation of Gentoo Linux (Version 2005.0 through 2006.0) there is no need to reinstall. You will automatically get Gentoo 2006.1 if you sync your Portage tree and run emerge --update world. If you still have an installation with a pre 2005.0 profile it might make sense -- in some cases -- that you do a new installation.


Page updated August 14, 2006

Summary: Gentoo 2006.1 Release Notes.

Chris Gianelloni

Danny van Dyk
AMD64 Release Coordinator

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