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This page contains the final form of historical news items from the front (main) page of wiki.g.o. "Final form" is because some of the news items had several slight revisions before they stayed on the page. Imagine each news item as Frieza or Goku from Dragon Ball Z and the final form concept may be to understand... or maybe not.


December 30, 2023: Community help needed to implement the Anchor template on translated base pages

Earlier this year the wiki team added the {{Anchor}} template like implemented at Wikipedia in order to avoid spamming <span id="link_name"></span> elements within section headers of translated base pages.

Going forward, in order for linking to work properly, this template must be used within each section headers of each base page that has been marked for translation. Although strictly unnecessary, it can also be deployed to base pages not (yet) marked for translation to prepare them for translation. The wiki project welcomes community support for deployment of {{Anchor}} across the rest of the translated articles on the wiki. Deployment has been completed for the Gentoo Handbook pages and the Portage article. Community members who would like to help with this effort can use those pages as a reference.

September 03, 2023: Changelog for the Gentoo Handbooks

As an effort to better track and measure changes 'at a glance' to the Gentoo Handbooks, the Handbook Project has created a Changelog page.

Going forward, changes across the handbooks will be loosely based on a semantic versioning scheme as inspired by Common Changelog. The team will maintain the log with best-effort intention. Additional rationale and motivation for an official changelog can found here.

July 10, 2023: Updates to project wiki form

It has been a hot summer so far, but minor enhancements to project pages here on the wiki have ensued. The project wiki form and template now have fields to support URLs for linking an external homepage and a primary code repository.

  • Code repo(sitory) links to gitweb.g.o or any source code site for Gentoo projects which maintain a code base (opt in). A lot of projects have source code hosted on Gentoo's gitweb instance, but some have no associated source code. This will make finding the associated project's source code easier for project members and those exploring the Gentoo ecosystem.
  • Homepage links for project homepages that exist external to the wiki (opt in). There are not many projects that have external homepages, but in the event one does exist it can be added to the wiki project page using this field.

March 10, 2023: New IRC bot for the wiki's recent changes!

Gentoo's newest developer P.Fox (ris) , who done some great work improving our documentation over the last year, has now taken up the Gentoo cloak officially. As a first fruit of his promising involvement, the wiki project is happy to announce that we now have an experimental IRC bot lurking in a newly created #gentoo-wiki-changes (webchat) channel. We expect to develop the bot's intelligence and capabilities for wiki maintenance in future updates.

Please join our new channel if you want to watch our bot spam changes in (nearly) real time. As mentioned, this bot is experimental, and we are open to receiving any helpful feedback and critique as we explore the bot's use case as a monitoring mechanism and discussion facilitator... while you're there, be sure you extend a greeting to P.Fox (ris) !

January 9, 2023: Wiki emails to Gmail accounts issue has been fixed!

Greetings and happy New Year! We are happy to announce that the issue (bug #856757) preventing wiki email messages from being received at Gmail accounts has been (finally!) resolved.

Larry was utterly happy to moo-ve on from that hurd-le...

August 04, 2022: More updates to developer and project wiki forms

Wiki admins would like to formally announce more quality of life enhancements to developer and project 'pages' here on the wiki. Enhancements include:

  • Links to related bugs on bugs.g.o can now be activated on Gentoo project boxes (closes bug #686264. Individual projects can opt-in with the checkbox on each respective project page.
  • A new field for developers to post a 'fund me' link directly on their developer 'profile'. None of our developers are paid by the Gentoo Foundation; the vast majority of our devs freely volunteer their time to maintain and improve Gentoo. Please consider donating to our devs who have listed their fund me info.

September 23, 2021: Updates to developer and project wiki forms

Over the past few days wiki admins have been working on small enhancements to developer and project 'pages' here on the wiki. Enhancements include:

  • Links to packages maintained via packages.g.o for developer and project pages (opt in).
  • Links to keys.g.o for developer pages that define properly PGP key IDs (opt in).

October 31, 2020: Update to MediaWiki 1.35.0

Version 1.35.0 of MediaWiki has been deployed to our wiki! Wiki contributors can enjoy the new visual editor. Please report any issues under our wiki site category on Bugzilla.

October 2, 2020: Tomorrow's Gentoo Bugday will be focused on wiki improvements

It is a little short notice, however the next Gentoo Bugday will focus on improving documentation around the wiki. Improvements can always be made, so as always we hope to see our community members getting involved tomorrow. Join us on Freenode IRC in #gentoo-bugday (webchat) if you would like to chat or do not know where to begin.

April 17, 2019: New community user wiki profile form

A community user profile form has been created to help our community members create their wiki profile pages. Using this form will help our community avoid formatting their userspace pages using the traditional {{InfoBox}} templates. Presently the user form is fairly basic. Users can add their real name, nickname, website, PGP key fingerprint, etc. Expect functionality to be expanded in the future.

January 16, 2019: New sections added to wiki guidelines

After some review a few new sections have been added to the Gentoo wiki Guidelines. Contributors are encouraged to review the guidelines every once in a while to refresh themselves on recommended wiki prose. Happy New Year!

December 7, 2018: Updates complete

Updates complete! Please report any issues under our wiki site category on Bugzilla.

December 5, 2018: Updates have commenced

Updates will be commencing shortly. The site will be marked read-only during the update, which means you can view but not touch. We'll update here and our infra-status site when maintenance has ended. Thank you for your patience.

November 29, 2018: Holiday presents are coming early this year!

Christmas is coming a little early this year for the wiki! Gentoo's wiki team is excited to announce updates to your favorite knowledge base are in the works! We anticipate quite a few of the existing issues across the site will be resolved, however with any software updates new issues will almost certainly surface.

New to the wiki project is Brian Evans (Grknight) - who, although recently joining the project, has spear-headed the update process. If you see him around be sure to thank him! We'll be keeping a lookout for new issues created by the upgrade and will provide another brief update across the wiki and our our status site before we pull the trigger. More news to come!

September 29, 2018: New Handbook edits now marked for translation

As of today, all pending edits in our Handbook namespace have been marked for translations. Handbook translators, we apologize for the delay in getting these pages marked. Over the next day or so other pending-for-translation edits for main namespace articles will be marked as well. The wiki project thanks you for your translation work!

November 30, 2017: Updates to Gentoo related templates

Mailing list aliases and links to our public mailing list archives are now available on the wiki hosted Project boxes for Gentoo projects. Gentoo project leads should now update their projects with mailing list information. Project mailing list alias must match the official alias found in LDAP on Gentoo infrastructure. Visit #gentoo-wiki (webchat) with any questions.

July 28, 2017: Word crimes

This is a public service announcement to remind our loving community to be on the alert for word crimes. We hate to see words abused in terrible ways in our documentation, but YOU CAN HELP. YOU CAN STOP THIS ABUSE! If you see a word crime be sure to make things right. Simply perform the following steps: 1) Login 2) Click edit 3) Stop the crime from happening 4) Click 'Save page'. Stay vigilant and have a great summer!

July 14, 2017: Thank you!

A special thank you to all our wonderful contributors and translators who improve the state of our documentation and make important parts of our documents (especially the Handbook) available in non-English. Thank you all for your behind the scenes efforts! For visibility, the article blueprints (useful for creating new articles) can now be found below. Happy editing!

April 20, 2017: Article descriptions and the 'See also' template

Your wiki admins have been experimenting by setting a Article description property in the body of some articles. The goal is to expose more data points and obtain an increasing amount of modularity across the site. Ultimately wiki contributors will eventually write less (and deduplicate) content by using templates to grep for data from other articles (such as the See also template). Properties come with Semantic MediaWiki, an extension to MediaWiki, and can be confusing, so be sure to read up them before getting too carried away.

September 21, 2016: HTTPS for links

As part of our effort to continually improve the wiki, we'd like to encourage the use of HTTPS for external links wherever possible. This is especially important for an article's homepage InfoBox link since it is prominently placed at the top of articles (and more likely to be clicked). Please verify the link supports HTTPS before substituting. Happy improvements!

February 27, 2016: Embedded Handbook

As of today, all parts of the Gentoo Embedded Handbook have been migrated to the wiki. Feel free to add new embedded boards (such as Pine64 and the Raspberry Pi Zero) using the Embedded article blueprint.

January 31, 2016: USEflag template update

The {{USEflag}} template has been updated from using static tables to use the newly implemented packages.g.o API. This enables the USE flag sections of articles to dynamically load updates as the Portage tree evolves. Contributors can learn more of the details by reading the latest template migration article.

January 05, 2016: Happy New Year!

Happy new year and a warm winter greeting from the wiki team! We're excited to see what changes will happen to Gentoo over the course of 2016! Documentation work is not glamorous, but it is massively important! Message Matthew Marchese (maffblaster) in #gentoo-wiki (webchat) if you are interested in aiding in various documentation quests. Word is out that he is eager to mentor contributors...

December 13, 2015: Security Handbook

The Gentoo Security Handbook has finally been migrated to the wiki. You can find all the original documents for now, however in upcoming weeks the content may be updated to include more recent practices in operating system security. Happy holidays!

July 21, 2015: Wiki Contributor's Guide

The Wiki team has crafted a Contributor's Guide for those in the community who are interested in helping maintain Gentoo's documentation! We need your help to achieve our objective of becoming the best Linux-related wiki on the web!

June 13, 2015: Introducing Article blueprints

The Wiki project members have created some Article blueprints to assist contributors in creating new articles. Visit the blueprint appropriate to the kind of Wiki article being created, then copy and paste the code from the blueprint into a new Wiki article. The goal is to help contributors focus more on quality content and less on structural busywork. Enjoy!

Dec 23, 2014: Wiki features new design

Today, we have enabled the new unified Gentoo Website theme called Tyrian on the wiki together while applying a software update. Templates and other content elements will be updated accordingly in the upcoming weeks.

Should you notice any problems, or have any other feedback, please feel free to email us or leave a comment on the Suggestions page.

Dec 10, 2013: New: Featured Documentation

The Gentoo Documentation Team now hosts most of their documentation on our Wiki, enabling every community member to contribute to these excellent articles.

For more information, see the list of featured documents and the announcement.

Jun 9, 2013: Translations going live

Today, we are opening the page translation feature of the Gentoo Wiki to all editors.

To learn more, see the translation help page.

Jun 17, 2012: Gentoo Wiki Summer of Documentation

In order to make this wiki an excellent resource to live up to Gentoo's fame, we are holding our first Summer of Documentation! With the help of users and developers we aim to double our content page count to 500 by September 23.

Please read more about it on the SoD page, and join us in this effort!

Nov 9, 2011: Gentoo Wiki officially launched

Welcome to the official Gentoo Wiki!

Oct 10, 2011: Gentoo Wiki Meeting Announcement

The Wiki team will have its second meeting on Monday, 17th October 2011. The meeting will be held in #gentoo-wiki IRC channel in the freenode network. The draft agenda can be found here.

Sep 22, 2011: Gentoo Wiki enters private beta

In an effort to get an official Gentoo Wiki finally up and running, we prepared a Wiki codebase and deployed it. We're trying to increase exposure and thus traffic slowly while fine-tuning several aspects of the system.