Project:RelEng/LiveCD/2007.0/Press release

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After several delays, the Gentoo Release Engineering team is proud to announce the release of Gentoo Linux 2007.0, code named "Secret Sauce". This release includes a completely rewritten version of the Gentoo Linux Installer on the AMD64 and x86 LiveCD and LiveDVD images. It also includes GNOME 2.16.2, KDE 3.5.5, Xfce 4.4, Mozilla Firefox, 2.1.0, and the 2.6.19 Linux kernel.


Alpha has upgraded to GCC 4.1 and Glibc 2.5 for this release. Alpha also ends the 2.4 kernel support with this release and moves to the NPTL threading library which replaces the legacy LinuxThreads library.


This HPPA release primarily focuses on bug fixes and updated system software. Profiles have also been split in server and desktop profiles. The server profile provides minimal default settings and is ideal in many environments while the desktop profile provides all the defaults you would expect from a workstation for HPPA.


IA64 primarily provides updated system software in this release. GCC 4.1 finally replaces GCC 3.3. GLIBC 2.5 is also new with this release. Kernel support continues to see a steady stream of updates and bugfixes providing an overall better IA64 experience. IA64 now also provides seperate server and desktop profiles. The server profile provides a minimal set of USE flags while the desktop profile provides all the features normally expected from desktop environments.


The many updated packages are the primary highlight of this release. Important packages include GCC 4.1 and improved hardware support thanks to updated kernels.


The PPC team brings lots of updated packages with this release and also brings you GLIBC 2.5.


Both 32-bit userland (32ul) and 64-bit userland (64ul) now provide server and desktop profiles. 64ul have moved to GCC 4.1. In addition to the generic PPC64 stages this release also brings optimized stages for power5 and ppc970.

PPC64 also has separate beta support for the PlayStation 3 available in the experimental/ tree on Gentoo mirrors.


New experimental stages have been released for both S/390 (32-bit) and S/390x (64-bit).


New experimental stages have been released for the SuperH platform, such as the Sega Dreamcast and other SuperH-based computers.


SPARC has updated toolchain software including GCC 4.1 and GLIBC 2.5. SPARC also ends support for 2.4 kernels allowing SPARC to focus on the many improvements that 2.6 kernels provide regarding features and stability. Finally there's improved profiles support with both server and desktop profiles providing default USE flags for different environments.


Updated hardware support is among the highlights of the x86 release. Besides the many updated office and productivity packages x86 also brings an update to GLIBC 2.5.

On amd64 you can enjoy updated 32-bit emulation libraries improving support for many closed source applications and browser plugins.

x86 and amd64 also provides both hardened and non-hardened stages in this release. Hardened stages are still using GCC 3.4.6 and GLIBC 2.3.6 but it's possible to upgrade from hardened to non-hardened stages, if needed.