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SPARC 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 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

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.

Kernel Update

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.

X.Org Upgrade

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 (<7.0) , please follow the instructions in the the Migrating to Modular X HOWTO.


Errata Workaround

Critical Package Updates

Important package-versions in this release:

  • sys-devel/gcc-3.4.6-r1
  • sys-libs/glibc-2.3.6-r4
  • sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-2.6.17-r7
  • sys-kernel/sparc-sources-2.4.32-r6
  • sys-apps/portage-2.1-r2

There are two kernels on the InstallCD:

Kernel filename Capabilites
2616 2.6.16-based, supports uniprocessor and multiprocessor SPARC64 machines.
2617 2.6.17-based, supports uniprocessor and multiprocessor SPARC64 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 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 installs.

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:

InstallCD Description Location on Mirrors
Minimal bootable InstallCD /releases/sparc/2006.1/sparc64/installcd/install-sparc64-minimal-2006.1.iso
Universal bootable InstallCD /releases/sparc/2006.1/sparc64/installcd/install-sparc64-universal-2006.1.iso

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 world.

If you have version 2005.1 or older installed you should follow the Gentoo Linux 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.


Page updated August 29, 2006

Summary: Gentoo 2006.1 Release Notes.

Chris Gianelloni

Gustavo Zacarias
SPARC Release Coordinator

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