Fabio Scaccabarozzi

AuthorFabio Scaccabarozzi

Ever since 2002, I experimented with Linux. After some time spent on Slackware and Mandriva, I found Gentoo, I've been using it since then and I acquired a lot of knowledge on the internals of the distribution. I have created and mantained a custom liveCD targeted to power users and systems engineers, with a lot of tools usually not included in standard distributions and exotic filesystems. I'm currently working as a senior system administrator in Zurich, Switzerland.

October release preview

Hi all! Some of you may have noticed that I updated the “Release Schedule” page a while ago. I intended to make a release available before the 30th of September, but I decided to postpone it for some reasons: 2.6.36 is coming aroundGCC 4.5.1 has been added to the treea new tool for building stages has been released and gained a lot of popularity recently: Metro While GCC 4.5.1 still...

March release 2010 – Happy birthday!

Hi all! The new release is finally out! It features kernel 2.6.33.1 + glibc 2.11-r1. All the “suspended” drivers were reintegrated as the latest versions would compile cleanly. Some packages have been added, most notably pbzip2 to make bzip2 scale on multicore systems. Btrfs-progs has been included as a live ebuild, to allow some fixes for the subvolume management system to be...

Awaiting…

Hi all! Four months have passed since last update, I shall shortly summarize what happened during this time: a lot of updates to the server: kernel -> 2.6.32 + grsec, glibc 2.11, gcc 4.4now running on ~amd64 gentooremoval of a lot of cruft from the server: unused users, applications, databases, configuration files etcshifted all partitions to XFS filesystem to allow much lesser fragmentation...

September release

Hi all! Working on the liveCDs last week seemed to be quite less problematic than usual. I’m happy to annouce a full rewrite of the mkstage script (called mkstage2). It is much more reliable and much less complicated, I’ve also splitted the source files to little separate scripts which work on much lesser data. As some of you may have noticed, liveCDs have been uploaded yesterday...

Random updates

Hi all! First of all sorry for the long absence, it’s been a very busy month.Anyway, I’ve got a bunch of news: worked on automatic stage rebuilding, all should work as expected. You will find the stages in experimental FTP directory (now building new stages for i686, later for amd64). Please note that those releases include GCC 4.4.x (currently 4.4.1) without graphite deps...

April release revision 1

Hi, all! I’m happy to announce the revision bump of the April release. I’ve been following a request from kernelOfTruth and Jupiter1TX to have the USB and HID modules builtin, so to have USB keyboards properly working (genkernel bug?) and that has been done (thanks goes out to kernelOfTruth and Jupiter1TX for the testing the betas). You can read about this on the Official thread...

April release (formerly “March release”)

Hi all, guys! Been working on the release in the weekend. The snapshot it is built against is 2009-04-03 evening. I’m aware of no critical feature update since then. There are some improvements: some visible, some other invisible. About the former: xfsprogs has been updated to version 3.0.0 + xfsdump has been includedbtrfs support has been included as well (with btrfs-progs)ext4 support...

March release – review

Hi all! Just a quick update to notify about the status of the works.2.6.29 kernel has been released last week, and reiser4 patches are finally available. I’ve still got three main reasons, though, to delay a bit more this release: if you look at the the kernel Changelog, the git one, you’ll find out that in the last week a huge amount of fixes have been merged concerning the...

March release preview

Hi all! It’s been quite long since last post. Anyway, exams at university have ended, and I finally have some time to build the new release. Lately my main concerns were headed to gcc-4.3.3, which had to be re-emerged twice on my currently working systems to function properly. Luckily everything went fine, and the errors I got when trying to build stage2 went away. For this release...

December release – 20081220

Alright! December release is ready and published! For a full feature list have a look at the current feature set, or the ChangeLog. It would be completely pointless to list them all here. Interesting updates include: reintegration of madwifi drivers + tools and keymap selection fix. About the latter: the first release included a buggy genkernel version, I had no choice except use that one. The...