Here's a list of recent, important Gentoo Linux package updates:
Portage 1.8.0 now allows shared libraries to be updated safely. This allows
one to easily upgrade glibc, even when in X and running lots of applications.
Nothing will die or segfault, and based on independent tests this
functionality appears to be working.
This version of glibc depends on the new version of Portage and takes
advantage of its safe installation features. It also contains an important
security patch for the glob-related functions in glibc which allow for a
remotely-exploitable hole, especially if you're running an FTP server. If
you'd like to use this new glibc, you should be able to simply merge it.
Glibc takes a long time to build, but after it's merged, you'll be protected
against this exploit. Merging the new glibc will cause
sys-apps/portage-1.8.0 to be automatically merged if it hasn't been already.
The new baselayout package no longer uses a bash-based init-wrapper. Due
to the tight integration with the init system, the sys-apps/sysvinit package
is now depreciated and has been integrated into baselayout. You can use
the new baselayout by merging it and then finding all "._cfg*" files in
/etc, and updating the appropriate ones. Type "emerge --help config" for
more information. If you have a seperate /usr partition, you should also
merge the newest sys-apps/sh-utils, which now has "sleep" moved from /usr/bin
NOTE: After installing baselayout, you may find that at reboot/shutdown time,
your root filesystem cannot be properly mounted. If this happens, you'll
be given the option to log in as root to investigate. If this happens to you,
simply log in by typing in the root password, then type "sync; sync" to be
sure that all your data is on the disk, and then type "reboot". Then, the
new initscripts will kick in and you shouldn't have this problem again.
This new version of binutils appears to be quite compatible and is now the
default binutils for Gentoo Linux, upgraded from 188.8.131.52.7. This new
version fixes kernel compilation problems for kernels compiled for the
"Athlon/Duron/K7" CPU type. It may also fix stability issues with kernels
compiled for the "Pentium III" processor type. This particular upgrade has
fixed several "Athlon/Duron/K7"-related problems experienced in the field.
This is our latest and greatest kernel source package. It now depends on the
new binutils for proper compilation (the new binutils will get merged
automatically if you merge this ebuild). This kernel includes support for
ReiserFS, ext3 and XFS filesystems (and of course many more), LVM, ACPI, and
the low-latency and preemptible kernel patches (which can both be run
simultaneously). Note that if you enable the low latency patch's "sysctl
control" option, low latency will default to *off*. If you want to use LVM
with this kernel, remember to merge sys-apps/lvm-user. If you want to use
XFS with this kernel, remember to merge sys-apps/xfsprogs.
Daniel Robbins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chief Architect/President http://www.gentoo.org
Gentoo Technologies, Inc.