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Gentoo 2008.0

Kudos to the release team for getting this release out. I wasn't waiting on the edge of my seat of course, Gentooers don't need releases to stay up to date. But I do know a few people starting Linux who specifically didn't install Gentoo because the install CD was so old. You don't need a Gentoo liveCD to install Gentoo (I don't even think I have one in my house) but most people don't know that, and appearances can be deceiving / first impressions can be important / etc.

I just read about a problem that John Alberts mentioned having when updating his profile to 2008.0. I had the same problem with the "releases" folder not being synced properly, causing all kinds of mess. I though perhaps I was the only one but I guess it was more widespread. Another sync cleared it up though. I imagine (I hope) the problem is fixed on all the mirrors by now.

I was curious about what the new profile consisted of so I started reading a few files. Did you ever wonder if Gentoo devs know what they're doing? According to /usr/portage/profiles/targets/developer/make.defaults:

# As much as it pains me, we hope that developers know what they're doing.

I_KNOW_WHAT_I_AM_DOING="yes"

I can rest easy now.

July 09, 2008 @ 1:08 PM PDT
Cateogory: Linux
Tags: Gentoo, Linux

2 Comments

Bleys
Quoth Bleys on July 10, 2008 @ 8:47 AM PDT

What happens if you change it to "no"?

Brian
Quoth Brian on July 10, 2008 @ 8:53 AM PDT

It's actually no by default. It's only yes for the "developer" profile. I guess most people don't know what they're doing.

All I can tell that it does is suppress some warning messages under certain circumstances.