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I have a few suggestions regarding this major change to Gentoo systems.
1. We should determine and then announce the precise date (appears to
be in May) and time that baselayout-2 will be stabilized via:
1.1 A front page News item on www.g.o (PR team assemble!),
1.2 The main MLs (gentoo-announce, gentoo-users, etc),
1.3 Add a link to the www news item to /topic in #gentoo, and
1.4 Post a sticky topic in the Forum.
all in addition to the eselect news item under discussion here. The
above would link to the migration guide too.
The rationale for this effort at getting the word out is to prevent
users from hosing their system(s). While I tend to agree that users
should read these eselect news items, its often not the case.
Therefore I recommend shooting for the widest possible distribution of
this information. Also, this gives PR a chance to let the world know
about openrc and its benefits to Gentoo.
2. We should prepare a quick "recover-your-system" guide (could also
create a script too) that can be quickly linked to for user support.
This will save time for people providing support via IRC, email, etc,
and give people a reasonable means of system recovery without huge
3. Update the handbook to reflect these changes as soon as possible,
and have that all go public simultaneously with the stabilization.
4. I have attached an edited and unfinished version of the original
news item for review. I attempted to be succinct.
This is a really exciting and potentially also rather
anxiety-provoking change for our user base and Gentoo. We all know
that the new baselayout is awesome, and users will find out soon
enough. We simply need to make our best effort at easing the
transition so we minimize the number of casualties.
Matthew W. Summers
Title: Baselayout update
Author: Christian Faulhammer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Author: William Hubbs <email@example.com>
On May XX 2011, you will see an update for sys-apps/baselayout to
2.x and a new package, sys-apps/openrc. It is recommended that you
perform this update as soon as possible. Please note, it is
__Absolutely_Critical__ that you follow the steps outlined in the
migration guide located at the following URL.
FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE MIGRATION GUIDE
CAN RESULT IN AN UNBOOTABLE SYSTEM!
For more information or supprt regarding this change please see the
- link to news item (should contain info regarding where to obtain support)
- link to recover-system guide
- link to handbook