Change in package management.
Date: Saturday, April 01 2006 @ 00:23:21 UTC
After much debate I have decided to remove Portage support from Gentoox. Instead, magic will be used exclusively for package management.
This decision has been made due to the costs of running the Gentoox server. Instead I will be implementing a subscription service for magic.
These changes will come into effect in the coming weeks. Initial pricing decisions are as follows:
For casual users, a pay-per-use system will be offered whereby you will have to PayPal me $5 before using magic. Upon receipt of your payment a script will automatically send you out an activation code (called a "Magic Wand").
Frequent users will be able to sign up for monthly magic membership (called a "Spell Book"). Initially, the price of a spell book will be $25 per month and will grant you unlimited usage of magic. Being generous, I will allow the usage of such spell book subscriptions across all of your installations of Gentoox. However, the system does check client IPs - if it detects a code being used from more than one IP you will be permanently banned from magic!
Please note that all stated prices are just estimates and are likely to change before the final system is implemented.
As ever, I will make the transition invisible. Once the system is all in place, simply running magic will update you to the new subscription based service.
With all that said, have a happy Easter!