Gentoo Archives: gentoo-announce

From: Donnie Berkholz <dberkholz@g.o>
To: gentoo-announce@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-announce] Gentoo Linux 2008.0 released
Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2008 09:47:46
Message-Id: 20080706094449.GF12382@comet
The 2008.0 final release is out! Code-named "It's got what plants 
crave," this release contains numerous new features including an updated 
installer [1], improved hardware support, a complete rework of profiles, 
and a move to Xfce instead of GNOME on the LiveCD. LiveDVDs are not 
available for x86 or amd64, although they may become available in the 
future. The 2008.0 release also includes updated versions of many 
packages already available in your ebuild tree.

 * Updated installer: The installer now only performs networkless 
 installations using the packages and ebuild tree on the LiveCD. It also 
 contains numerous fixes for extended and logical partitions.

 * Improved hardware support: Moving to the 2.6.24 kernel added many new 
 drivers for hardware released since the 2007.0 release.

 * Complete rework of profiles: Restructuring profiles allowed 
 significant cleanup of redundancies, reducing developer maintenance and 
 confusion. The difference for you is that profiles now appear in 
 /usr/portage/profiles/ under default/linux/ instead of default-linux/. 
 See the upgrading guide [2] for more details.

 * Xfce instead of GNOME on the LiveCD: To save space, the LiveCDs 
 switched to the smaller Xfce environment. This means that a binary 
 installation using the LiveCD will install Xfce, but you're still free 
 to build GNOME or KDE from source.

 * No LiveDVDs on x86 or amd64: In the interest of getting the release 
 out, the release engineering team [3] decided to postpone LiveDVDs 
 because of problems in their generation. They may show up later—if so, 
 we'll let you know.

 * Updated packages: Highlights of the 2008.0 release include Portage [4], a 2.6.24 kernel, Xfce 4.4.2, gcc 4.1.2 and glibc 2.6.1.

A big thanks goes out to our release engineering team members [3] for 
their hard work over many months to turn 2008.0 into reality.

Get the new release from our "Get Gentoo!" page [5].

Discuss this [6]!



Donnie Berkholz
Developer, Gentoo Linux