In celebration of the holidays, we're proud to announce a new release of Gentoo
Linux -- Gentoo Linux 1.0_rc6-r14. With this release comes a huge number of
improvements to almost every aspect of Gentoo Linux, including kernel, core
system, ports tree and even our installation CD. Gentoo Linux is now most
certainly ready to tackle the most challenging computing tasks Here's an
overview of all the new goodies you'll find in 1.0_rc6-r14:
In the kernel:
2.4.16 with preemption and lock-break (low-latency) support, resulting in
improved interactive response. Full support for XFS, ext3, ReiserFS, and
LVM. The very latest NVIDIA drivers have been fully tested and integrated
into this release of Gentoo Linux.
In the compiler toolchain:
Binutils has been upgraded to 22.214.171.124.12.3, which resolves some kernel
stability issues when an "Athlon/Duron/K7" or "Pentium III" or higher CPU
type is chosen during kernel configuration.
In the core system:
The recent glibc-2.2.4 filename globbing vulnerability has been fixed. In
addition, this release includes enhanced dependency-based initscripts, and
many standard Linux binaries have been upgraded to their most recent
In Portage (our ports tree):
Portage now supports safe in-place library upgrades. It's now possible to
upgrade glibc safely, even on a busy system. Yes, this means you can be in
X, running GNOME and playing music with xmms, and a glibc upgrade will not
interfere with any running application. Also, we now have over 1100
up-to-date ports-based packages.
On our installation CD:
Our installation CD has been massively reworked, and is now compatible with
much more hardware. Our CD now boots to kernel 2.4.16-SMP and fully
supports installation to ext2, ext3, ReiserFS, XFS, software RAID and LVM
volumes. We also support direct installation to IDE RAID controllers.
ssh, scp and wget included on the CD so you can be productive (or just
hang out on irc) while the system builds.
Wanna try it out? To learn more about Gentoo Linux, head over to
http://www.gentoo.org, or head straight to http://www.gentoo.org/doc/build.html
for installation instructions.
About Gentoo Linux
Gentoo Linux is a versatile and fast, completely free x86-based Linux
distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Unlike other
distros, it has an advanced package management system called Portage. Portage
is a true ports system in the tradition of BSD ports, but is Python-based and
sports a number of advanced features including dependencies, fine-grained
package management, "fake" (OpenBSD-style) installs, safe unmerging, system
profiles, virtual packages, config file management, and more.
Daniel Robbins <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chief Architect/President http://www.gentoo.org
Gentoo Technologies, Inc.