"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
"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