The new release if finally out! It's been almost an year since the latest release. The long time since the last update brings some interesting news for you:
- kernel 22.214.171.124 with reiser4 patches
- gcc-4.5.2, glibc-2.13-r1, linux-headers-126.96.36.199
- NTFS kernel module has been disabled in favor of external ntfs3g to avoid conflicts (ntfs3g has much much wider NTFS support than in-kernel module anyway)
- everything is built from ~arch now. This is to avoid a lot of work in terms of troubleshooting. Building from arch and unmasking only certain packages means that some others, at some point, won't build, thus requiring additional unmaskings in a never ending cycle.
- everything is built using metro, thus the stages are compressed using xz-utils. The distributed stages are now built from ~arch, of course
- the final strip phase has been disabled: this means that apart from /usr/portage and /usr/src you have now a fully working stage3 setup + additional goodies. The one I like most is having man pages available. Teorethically, you can also compile source files or entire packages directly from the liveCD. I haven't tested this possibility though. This comes at the cost of about +100Mb for each CD, but I think it is a fair price.
- the versioning has changed: now both liveCDs and stages are marked with the release date (no more unique 2008.0 naming)
Along with the new release I delivered some updates to the server:
- (lighttpd + postgresql + drupal) instead of (apache2 + mysql + joomla)
- 188.8.131.52 kernel + grsecurity + ck2 patches
- switched to hardened profile
- migrated root filesystem to ext4
- general configuration cleanups
- packed old releases in in a unique 2Gb file. Nobody should be using these anymore. I strongly recommend to only use the latest release available.
Hoping that all of this will result in a more pleasant experience, I invite you to download and test the latest liveCDs, already available from the download page.
Cheers, Fabio Scaccabarozzi