x86 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 Toolchain 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 x86 team has made big changes to
the toolchain. It now contains the following versions:
For upgrading gcc from version 3 to version 4, please follow the
instructions in the Gentoo Linux GCC
With this release, version 7.0-r1 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 Migrating
to Modular X HOWTO. While version 7.1 is available, we decided
not to use it, as a compatible version of the binary NVidia drivers
had not been released at snapshot time.
Critical Package Updates
Important package-versions in this release:
There is just one kernel on the InstallCD:
||Supports uniprocessor and multiprocessor x86 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 x86 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. The LiveCD is useful for doing
networkless installs. It will only work on machines that implement the
i686 instruction set and higher.
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-r7). Please refer to the
handbook for booting the CD.
The cds are located on the mirrors as follows:
||Location on Mirrors
|Minimal bootable InstallCD
|Bootable X-LiveCD containting the Gentoo Installer
Upgrading to Gentoo Linux 2006.1
If you already have a working installation of Gentoo Linux (Version
1.4, 2004.0 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
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 2006.1.
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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