The official project focused on coordinating and improving the creation of official releases of Gentoo Linux.
Release Engineering ("releng") is the official Gentoo project focused on coordinating and improving the creation of official media releases of Gentoo Linux and other Gentoo operating systems. It is also primarily responsible for many of the tools used by the installation process, including catalyst , genkernel, and the Gentoo Linux Installer .
The goals of Release Engineering are to continually improve the quality, timeliness and overall procedures for creating official Gentoo Linux releases, as well as acting as the official coordinators for creating new Gentoo Linux release media. This project is very much focused on ensuring that the initial quality of every official release is as high as possible, and that the "from CD" experience is as positive for as many of our users as possible.
Release security & signing
All release media will have its DIGESTS file signed by one of the
Gentoo Linux Release Engineering (firstname.lastname@example.org) PGP keys listed on this page. The keys are available through the
subkeys.pgp.net keyserver. They can be used to verify that the media is, in fact, the media shipped by Release Engineering and not from a potential attacker. You will find more detailed verification instructions in the handbooks for each release.
New keys and changes to existing keys will be announced to the following Gentoo mailing lists: gentoo-dev-announce, gentoo-announce, gentoo-core.
Releases up to and including 2007.0 had PGP signatures directly on top of the files. This required large quantities of disk IO for generation on the servers, and validation on the client side. As such, as of the 2008.0 release, the DIGESTS file is now signed instead, making verification a two-step process, but overall much quicker.
During 2011, the DIGESTS files were also expanded to contain hashes other than SHA1 and MD5, to provide more certain validation.
$ gpg --keyserver subkeys.pgp.net --recv-keys <key id>
$ gpg --verify <foo.DIGESTS.asc>
$ sha512sum -c <foo.DIGESTS.asc> $ sha256sum -c <foo.DIGESTS.asc> $ sha1sum -c <foo.DIGESTS.asc>
|Key ID||Key Type||Key Fingerprint||Key Description||Created||Expires||Revoked||Notes|
|0x96D8BF6D||4096-bit RSA||DCD0 5B71 EAB9 4199 527F 44AC DB6B 8C1F 96D8 BF6D||Gentoo Portage Snapshot Signing Key (Automated Signing Key)||2011/11/25||2015/11/24|
|0x17072058||1024-bit DSA||D99E AC73 79A8 50BC E47D A5F2 9E64 38C8 1707 2058||Gentoo Linux Release Engineering (Gentoo Linux Release Signing Key)||2004/07/20||2016/08/13||Non-automated.|
|0x2D182910||4096-bit RSA||13EB BDBE DE7A 1277 5DFD B1BA BB57 2E0E 2D18 2910||Gentoo Linux Release Engineering (Automated Weekly Release Key)||2009/08/25||2013/08/24|
|0x239C75C4||1024-bit DSA||AE54 54F9 67B5 6AB0 9AE1 6064 0838 C26E 239C 75C4||Gentoo Portage Snapshot Signing Key (Automated Signing Key)||2007/11/25||2012/05/23||Superceded by 96D8BF6D|
|0xD8BA32AA||1024-bit DSA||8861 8228 9048 D40B 3C3B ADDA 6DC2 26AA D8BA 32AA||Gentoo Portage Snapshot Signing Key (Automated Signing Key)||2004/11/11||2005/11/11||2007/11/25||Revoked for changeover|
|0x7DDAD20D||1024-bit DSA||4AC0 D5FE 8F92 96BA 6A06 0A2A BB1D 301B 7DDA D20D||Gentoo Portage Snapshot Signing Key (Automated Signing Key)||2005/11/23||2007/11/23||2007/11/25||Revoked for changeover|
The latest release of the Gentoo Weekly Builds is:
|ppc / ppc64||iso||stage|
|s390 / s390x||stage|
Gentoo Linux LiveDVD
|December 21st, 2012||LiveDVD 20121221||Release Announcement||multilib AMD64 and hybrid AMD64/X86|
|April 1st, 2012||LiveDVD 12.1||Release Announcement||multilib AMD64 and hybrid AMD64/X86|
|January 1st, 2012||LiveDVD 12.0||Release Announcement||multilib AMD64 and hybrid AMD64/X86|
|August 6th, 2011||LiveDVD 11.2||Release Announcement||multilib AMD64 and hybrid AMD64/X86|
|March 8th, 2011||LiveDVD 11.0||Release Announcement||multilib AMD64 and hybrid AMD64/X86|
|Oct 23rd, 2009||LiveDVD 10.1||Release Announcement||multilib AMD64 and hybrid AMD64/X86|
|October 4th, 2009||LiveDVD 10.0||Release Announcement||multilib AMD64 and hybrid AMD64/X86|
|Jul 2008||2008.0||Released, Release Information , Press Release|
|Dec 2007||2007.1||Cancelled , Release Information, Press Release|
|May 2007||2007.0||Released, Release Information, Press Release|
|Aug 2006||2006.1||Released, Release Information , Press Release|
|Feb 2006||2006.0||Released, Release Information , Press Release|
|Aug 2005||2005.1||Released, Release Information , Press Release|
|Mar 2005||2005.0||Released, Release Information , Press Release|
|November 2004||2004.3||Released, Release Information , Press Release|
|July 2004||2004.2||Released, Release Information , Press Release|
|April 2004||2004.1||Released, Release Information , Press Release|
|February 2004||2004.0||Released, Release Information, Press Release|
|Sept 2003||1.4 maintenance release 1||Released|
Releases prior to 1.4 were before this project's existence.