Posts tagged Gentoo Linux
Well it’s official, Fabio is part of the Gentoo developers team now. This is a great thing for Sabayon and Gentoo. It didn’t come easy tho, but with support and his desire to do it, he did it. Our relationship with gentoo gets better and better all the time. One just has to put the negative comments aside and remember what is important, making it all better.
When Fabio said he was applying for Gentoo dev, I cringed as I knew it was gonna be a tough road, but he had good support pushing him and when he got down, we stood beside him to encourage him. He is an asset for Gentoo and has nothing but good intentions.
I should mention he did this process all while working on the betas and RCs of 5.0, while on vacation and returning back to university. One busy fella that always seems to reach his goal. I’m glad I have the chance to work along side of him and got to know him. Yea sure we bump heads once in a while, but we get over it.
As I write this, RC1 bugs are being fixed and expecting a RC2 here shortly. I also did a how to for switching branches on the wiki. It’s getting to be a frequent question so I hope I explained it well enough. Branch 5 is still going through changes yet, so expect issues yet. Please take the time tho and be sure to understand the package manager. I can’t stress learning the package manager enough. It’s just vital to know it.
Once again Congrats Fabio! You make us all proud!
If you have looked at portage (2.2rc2) lately you will have noticed some nice new things:
Specifies the number of packages to build simultaneously.
Also see the related –load-average option.
Continue as much as possible after an error. When an error
occurs, dependencies are recalculated for remaining packages
and any with unsatisfied dependencies are automatically
dropped. Also see the related –skipfirst option.
Specifies that no new builds should be started if there are
other builds running and the load average is at least LOAD (a
floating-point number). This option is recommended for use in
combination with –jobs in order to avoid excess load. See
make(1) for information about analogous options that should
be configured via MAKEOPTS in make.conf(5).
Interesting blog post with more info.
So how about that? So many people are too busy trying to bury and put a headstone on gentoo that they are not seeing that Gentoo is a live and well. Imagine that! Even through the so called turmoil the media was drumming up, portage was active. People complain that the devs aren’t communicating, but it takes two to complete this process. A gentoo dev isn’t going to come to your house and personally tell you what is going on. The user has to take some initiative and look at the mailing lists that are available, even gentoo planet and gentoo universe. I wish I had a dollar for everytime I heard gentoo was done from someone.
I’ve been running the new baselayout and openrc for a bit now and I have to say I like it very much. I think this is a good move as in the future it will make upgrading easier. A new baselayout use to terrify the community, but this way should ease the pain of that. Gentoo is going to moving it all into ~ arch soon. This will effect all Sabayon Linux users and they should get familiar with it. They do a great job with a Migration Guide that explains what is what.
Baselayout provides a basic set of files that are necessary for all systems to function properly, such as /etc/hosts. It also provides the basic filesystem layout used by Gentoo (i.e. /etc, /var, /usr, /home directories).
OpenRC is a dependency-based rc system that works with whatever init is provided by the system, normally /sbin/init. However, it is not a replacement for /sbin/init. The default init used by Gentoo Linux is sys-apps/sysvinit, while Gentoo/FreeBSD uses the FreeBSD init provided by sys-freebsd/freebsd-sbin.
Gentoo rolled out the beta on April 1st and so I decided I would give the livedvd a whirl and see what they have done and include some screen shots. It came with a load of desktops like xfce, gnome, enlightenment, kde, and afterstep to just to name a few. I couldn’t get the E-Gnome to work and enlightenment was only e16 still, which is just god awful compared to e17. They kept everything minimal and ugly. The desktops are all bare bone, no fancy themes or colors, not even a Gentoo logo for wallpaper. No nvidia drivers so I was stuck running the wrong resolution for my 1440×900 screen. You don’t even get flash or java either, which makes web browsing a real downer. It was smooth and very responsive for a livedvd tho. Things opened up very quickly and things seemed really stable. It has version KDE 3.5.8 and Gnome 2.20.0, so obviously stable branch. It was weird to see those version after running ~arch for so long. Anyway, for beta1, it’s got great potential. You can download and give it a test drive also. I had the livedvd downloaded in a couple hours with bittorrent.