SPARC Release Notes for Gentoo Linux 2006.1
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 Kernel Update
- 2.3 X.Org Upgrade
- 2.4 Errata
- 2.5 Critical Package Updates
- 2.6 Userland Updates
- 2.7 Documentation Updates
- 3. Upgrading from previous versions of Gentoo Linux
Important Changes for 2006.1
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
substituting $x with the desired GLSA number.
For more information, please consult the the Gentoo Linux Security Project home
With Gentoo 2006.1 the SPARC team switched to 2.6 kernels as default.
2.4 kernels are still supported on 2.4 profiles (like 2006.1/2.4).
The stages for this release are built for 2.6 kernels so if you wish to
use 2.4 you'll need to re-emerge linux-headers, glibc, unmerge udev and
emerge devfsd. Alternatively you can use a 2006.0 stage, switch to the
2006.1/2.4 profile and upgrade from there.
Remember that gentoo-sources are preferred for 2.6 profiles and
sparc-sources for 2.4, and that you won't be able to use/boot a 2.6
installation with a 2.4 kernel.
With this release, version 7.1 of X.Org X11 is used. This is the
modular version of X. For upgrading from the monolithic version of
X.org (<7.0) , please follow the instructions in the
to Modular X HOWTO.
Critical Package Updates
Important package-versions in this release:
There are two kernels on the InstallCD:
||2.6.16-based, supports uniprocessor and multiprocessor SPARC64 machines.
||2.6.17-based, supports uniprocessor and multiprocessor SPARC64 machines.
For information about how to change your profile please read .
- 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
2006.1. 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 2006.1
Installing Gentoo 2006.1
The entire Gentoo Linux installation process is documented in the Gentoo
The SPARC release team offers a Minimal and Universal InstallCD. The
Minimal InstallCD can be used to install only using an Internet
connection. The Universal InstallCD is useful for doing basic networkless
There are two kernels available on both CDs. The 2617 option
(gentoo-sources-2.6.17-r5) is the preferred choice, with the 2616 option
(gentoo-sources-2.6.16-r13) being a fallback option in case of hardware
incompatibilities. Please refer to the handbook for booting the CD.
The cds are located on the mirrors as follows:
||Location on Mirrors
|Minimal bootable InstallCD
|Universal bootable InstallCD
Upgrading to Gentoo Linux 2006.1
If you already have a working installation of Gentoo Linux (version
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
If you have version 2005.1 or older installed you should follow the
GCC Upgrade Guide since there were changes in the SPARC ABI for
newer versions of GCC, which needs you to follow a careful upgrade
procedure to avoid installation problems.
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