Pro v1.1 and Home v3.1 on the way
Date: Friday, November 28 2003 @ 02:34:26 UTC
Topic: Gentoox


It's been quiet for a while around here. This is mainly due to University work... However, I have been working on Gentoox in my free time when ever I could.

Pro v1.1 will be the next update to see the light of day. It features totally updated and rebuilt software, the new reboot/ halt mechanisms that call on the Xbox's PIC (as seen in Home 3.0) and more importantly, all of the non-Xfree related patches from magic, including a brand new kernel with preliminary Focus video support and Fatx improvements which should allow normal users to access all FatX partitions (Thanks to Nuno Grilo for this patch, which he developed in Gentoox Home v3.0!).

For now, if Home users want this new kernel, they can run "magic fix kernel-2.4.22 && magic". I will be releasing Gentoox Home v3.1 as soon as I have Pro 1.1 fully tested. Also, keep in mind that the Focus support should be treated as alpha and it can only handle 640x480 resolutions!

I discovered that I was compiling Gentoox with "-O3" compile flags which actually can make some applications up to 20% slower than "-O2" so all packages are being recompiled with:

CFLAGS="-march=pentium3 -O2 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer"

-fomit-frame-pointer should reduce the executable size, which is a good idea for Celeron processors since they have a small cache (though this will make debugging crashes harder).







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