Posts tagged 5.1
Wow, feels like I haven’t blogged in a long time. Time is flying by with the new year heading into February already. I decided I would take a look at 5.1 x86 KDE edition since it’s been a long time since I have messed with x86 and KDE. I slotted myself some time, which was my first mistake as I was rushed to it and it came back to bite me. Silly mistakes when rushed can turn something into a much longer ordeal. I’ll give you the details.
Booted up the iso and everything was working out of the box and so I kicked the installer in and updated it and went ahead with my install. I did a manual partition with reiserfs and of course told it to skip the bootloader as I already have grub setup. After install I went in and edited my grub.conf file and here is where it got me. Being lazy I took the line above it from my MCE x86_64 line and copied and pasted it. I did change the kernel so it was . 31 from .32, but that was it. You see what is going to happen? My paths are all pointing to a correct kernel of the x86_64 path. I tell it to reboot and this is where my troubles start.
As it reboots I am not paying attention and soon get the KDM login screen and I log in, but my resolution is all wrong. I copy over my existing xorg.conf that works fine and checked with my eselect opengl list and had to changed it to nvidia. I restart xdm and there I sit at a black screen with a blinking cursor. I check the Xorg log and it says nvidia not loaded. I thought ok, let’s reboot and upon reboot I get greeted with the same blank screen and this time I noticed on boot about a bunch of stuff having issues. So than I start to think maybe nvidia driver is not installed properly and fire up equo update and it spits out at me it can’t connect. Odd, networking worked fine on the live version. I run net-setup and it can’t find a single network device. Now I am thinking, is my kernel compiled without the drivers, no that wouldn’t make sense. I’m digging through the gentoo networking documentation now and nothing is making sense. After an hour of scratching my head I noticed on one of the reboots that my host was saying x86_64. So I head back into grub.conf file and start looking at the line. Sure enough my root (x,x) was point to my 64 bit install, argh! Edited that and rebooted into my desktop. This is what happens when a person gets lazy and doesn’t pay attention.
Next goal was to get the latest entropy system. This is critical for anyone that is installing a 5.1 system. The method that works best for this is to equo update to get the repositories updated than do equo install entropy equo sulfur –relaxed as that will pull in the needed files without the 100+ other updates. I should mention that I did add the limbo repo also. Now I got the latest entropy system and since Fabio has been riding me about how fantastic the new Sulfur is I thought fine, I would do the upgrade/world with Sulfur and see what happens. I’ve never been a fan of Sulfur as I prefer the terminal, but I do have to admit, Sulfur is looking pretty good. The updates tab was showing my something like 300+ updates, but was kinda confused as how to select em all as I didn’t want to go down each line and select upgrade. I hit Ctrl + a and it selected em all and than left clicked on a package and than right click and marked upgrade. It kinda paused for a moment after that, but it did select all for upgrade after that. I went over to actions and committed it and waited for it to download and install all packages. I did have to ok some licenses, but Sulfur completed the task with no problems. I don’t recall seeing a equo conf update tho, so I ran that and had a couple minor files to update. Time to reboot and see how all went. Well upon reboot I get the kdm login, but the desktop won’t load at all. I could alt + F2 and run applications tho, so it was just the KDE desktop not loading. I couldn’t find any thing that was pointing to an obvious solution. For the heck of it I decided to do an equo install kde-meta and noticed it wanted to pull 229 packages. I thought that was odd as I had just did the updates and there was no more to get. So I did the kde-meta install and rebooted and was greeted with the full blown KDE upon logging in. I kept getting WICD popping up and wanting a password, which I didn’t have before, so I removed WICD as I wanted NM for testing. I see on the forum others are posting about this too. I thought everything was going good till I tried amarok and had no sound than it dawned on me that KDE usually has a start up tune and I hadn’t heard that. I fired up a browser and had sound in flash along with VLC, and XBMC. I went into System-Settings – sound and bumped my soundcard to the top of the list on everything but still nothing. There was no pulseaudio in there tho. Issuing the command as user pulseaudio -k brought back all the sounds. I still don’t know what is up with that, but it will be looked into.
I believe now everything is running good. I encourage everyone to check out the latest Sulfur and the git one actually has more new features that will be coming in. Incase you missed it, entropy now has bash complete which is really sweet. To get this up in konsole we have to make some changes to your konsole profile.
1. Open Konsole and click on Settings to Edit Current Profile
2. On the General tab you will see Command: /bin/bash change that line to /bin/bash –login
3. Let make sure it’s enabled with eselect bashcomp enable equo
4. Now you need to kill all Bash and Konsole and restart it. In Konsole all I did was killall -9 bash and than closed the Konsole window. Now restart Konsole and to use it properly you need to su - and than it will work. Try out equo search ama <tab> <tab> and you can do same as user also, but will need to be root to install of course. You can also enable and disable repos too, example: equo repo enable sabayon-limbo or equo repo disable sabayon-limbo.
Next time you see Fabio, give him a big thanks for these awesome improvements. Thanks again Fabio!
The Sabayon Linux CoreCD 5.1 release is available for download now at Sabayon’s mirror sites:http://www.sabayonlinux.org/mirrors
This updated release keeps with the tradition of the CoreCD 4.2 release. The CoreCD is designed with a minimalistic feature set to provide a foundation for building a customized installation tailored to the users specific needs.
As with the previous CoreCD release, CoreCD is a text-based release. There is no X-Server, Gnome, or KDE
- Feature list:
- Bootable Image suitable for a CD or USB thumb drive (~300MB-350MB)
- Text-Based installer
- Basic default networking
- Entropy and Portage ready
The CoreCD release is targeted to advanced users who want to take full control of the features and packages installed on their system. Sabayon’s Entropy package manager can be utilized as soon as the CoreCD release is installed to quickly build out the installation based on the users exact requirements. The CoreCD also has the capability to install packages using the Portage package management system.
For more information, please see the “Visual Tour: CoreCD” on Sabayon’s Wiki.
Networking Notes: Advanced user skills may be necessary to implement networking on the CoreCD. The CoreCD can provide simple dhcp networking over wired networks by default. Most advanced networking configurations will require configuration by the user, possibly requiring “chroot-ing” into the CoreCD environment from another Linux environment with working networking.
Moving right along to the RC2 for testing. This is about 99.99% guaranteed to become the final version. Look for this to hit the servers in about 7-10 days. No fear, we will announce it on the site when it is ready for download.
I don’t know how many ran into an issue after latest updates while running limbo. Xorg-server and nvidia-drivers got masked in entropy and caused a downgrade of both while some packages still pull xorg-server-1.7.1 and caused some API mismatches and there for reaching the desktop was a no go. So what I did was unmask xorg-server and nvidia-drivers, upgraded xorg-server and nvidia-drivers to latest in limbo and than reinstalled my xf86-input-mouse and xf86-input-keyboard to get my desktop back. I’m not gonna get started on the whole xorg thing, but argh is all I can say. You can unmask packages in entropy via /etc/entropy/packages/package.unmask and just add the package(s) on a new line, like x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers. You mileage may vary pending on graphics card. On gnome, I haven’t noticed any issues with latest limbo stuff in regards to graphics (GeForce 9500 GT) and I even have compiz-fusion running.
If you are running limbo and become absolutely stuck, you can always remove limbo from the /etc/entropy/repositories.conf and do your equo update && equo world to drop down to 5.1 main line, which is more stable.
Fabio has kicked out the RC 1 version of Sabayon Linux mini-dvd to the testers. I have only been testing out the gnome version so far. I can’t find anything wrong here on my end. There is a couple of known issues yet. As promised tho, it has the updated packages, which will save people from getting hit with a lot of updates immediately after install. It has a lot of installer fixes in this release. The fluxbox desktop is being worked on too. From what I understand, it is now fixed in the installer, so if you choose fluxbox, you will have fluxbox as default desktop when done installing. Yay!
Fabio has said that he would like to get the final version out around December 10th. I don’t see why that would not be possible. A nice top of the line mini-dvd just in time for Christmas.
Mitch aka dontpanic has done a fantastic job in putting together the 5.1 beta 1 cd. I fired this up today and it worked great. I had a couple hickups with an emerge -upDN world, but easily solvable with two USE flags and selecting the proper profile. Another issue got reported with the x86 version, but all minor.
We didn’t get the 5.0 core-cd out and the work on 5.1 rolled in very quickly, so we figured it would be best to wait for the 5.1 mainline to settle down than build a core-cd. It’s a win win situation even tho people had to wait a bit longer.
Testing team is still waiting for beta 2 of the 5.1 mini-dvds. We decided to also update it some more, so Fabio had to rebuild the isos. It will have the latest KDE 4.3.3 and Gnome 2.28 desktop environments. It will have the latest kernel fixes also, like the cups thing. Remember if you are doing your equo world, you should of seen an install for the kernel so you are also getting the latest stuff and fixes. Woot!
We appreciate everyone’s patience in our releases.
Well, it’s been a while since 5.1 packages entered into mainline and I am pleased to see that for the most part, it went pretty smooth. I think I heard more complaints about the amount of packages vs. updating issues. I can live with that. Portage is constantly changing, very active and can be a challenge to keep up to at times. This keeps entropy maintainers busy bringing you the latest and greatest stuff.
Last week Fabio released the 5.1 beta 1 isos for the testing team and it’s looking pretty good, which it should be since it’s mostly just updated packages. If you are doing your equo update && equo world regularly than you already have 5.1. 5.1 will just basically save a person from having to do so many updates. I believe the latest gnome will be included in the 5.1 as the beta 1 did not have it. Still hammering out all the details for a beta 2.
Fabio is also going to put together a Gamers DVD. You can find more information and ask questions on the forum. The details are sketchy yet and we will of course post more information at a later time. I’m still a die hard enemy territory fan, it’s about the only game I jump into and play.
I want to bring up a post on the developers mailing list that Fabio brought up on Molecule 0.3. I see from time to time people asking about remastering an iso. This is the tool to do it and feel free to check into it. Hopefully we will get some more documentation out on that soon.
Core-cd for 5.* is coming. I know several are wondering about it. Mitch is definitely working on it tho. Hopefully testing team will get a taste of it soon.
We are still looking for people to join in with helping in development. If you want to help and have questions, please join us in #sabayon-dev. You can also use the dev mailing list to contact us.
Have you checked for updates lately with entropy? Some are already seeing and questioning 500+ updates hitting their queue. The Limbo repository was released and all the packages got dumped to the main line repository. So when you see the update list, you can be assured that everything is working the way it should be. Now if you have been rolling along with the updates, you of course wouldn’t see such an update. I haven’t updated my package list for threes days now and I only have 35 updates.
So what does this mean? It means we are getting ready to kick out a 5.1 release. In order to do a 5.1, we needed to add the packages from Limbo. Now, main should stay quiet for the most part while the isos are prepared. So how cool is that? You will have 5.1 and didn’t even need to reinstall. Yay!
I wouldn’t expect much changes to artwork. Ian has stepped down from artwork to work on other areas of Sabayon Linux. So we don’t have anyone really doing artwork at the moment. We are talking to a few that maybe interested in joining a team. I encourage anyone that is interested in working with artwork, to get a hold of myself or join irc chat #sabayon and #sabayon-dev on freenode for more information.
We recently posted a message out to the developers mailing list stating that Sabayon Linux is looking for people in all areas. We would like to build up a team for maintaining overlays, artwork, entropy package maintainers, coders/programmers in python and C++, and support/documentation people. It takes a lot of people to keep things rolling smoothly and especially if we want to expand. Are you interested or know of someone that would be interested? Feel free to contact me or join us in #sabayon and #sabayon-dev irc on freenode. Also feel free to use our dev mailing list to contact us also. Please don’t hesitate to ask. We look forward to seeing new blood joining the team.