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Gentoo 2008.1 Release Solutions

Sep 26, 2008, 12:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Robbins)

"Gentoo seems to be having problems with .'1' releases - 2007.1 was cancelled and now 2008.1 has been cancelled. The Gentoo project has also announced a desire to move to a more 'back to basics approach' where they are doing weekly builds of Gentoo stages.

"Good idea. As many of you know, I am already building fresh stages for x86, i686, athlon-xp, pentium4, core32, amd64, core64, ~x86 and ~amd64 as well as OpenVZ templates at http://www.funtoo.org/linux.

"Since I've been building Gentoo stages for a while, I know that Gentoo's catalyst tool (the tool that is used for Gentoo releases) is in poor shape - it has been poorly maintained over the years and also does not have any documentation, so it is not really up to the task of building Gentoo releases anymore.

"The lack of catalyst documentation makes it much more difficult for others (like Gentoo users and other Gentoo-based projects) to build their own Gentoo releases, and this, along with the poor state of catalyst itself, tends to perpetuate the centralized Gentoo development model - a model that is not very efficient and also isn't very much fun.

"It is a shame (and somewhat ironic) that a well-renowned build-from-source distribution does not have a decent and well-maintained release building tool. So it's time to fix this...

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