Wed. Aug 12th, 2020

Funtoo Linux 1.4 Releases: Linux-based Gentoo Linux operating system

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Funtoo Linux is a Linux-based operating system that is a variant of Gentoo Linux. Funtoo Linux is a meta-distribution that builds packages automatically from source code. Installation images are optimized for the best possible performance on the latest Intel and AMD hardware. Funtoo Linux features native UTF-8 support enabled by default, a git-based, distributed Portage tree, and Funtoo overlay, an enhanced Portage with more compact mini-manifest tree, automated imports of new Gentoo changes every 12 hours, GPT/GUID boot support and streamlined boot configuration, enhanced network configuration, up-to-date stable and current Funtoo stages – all built using Funtoo’s Metro build tool.

Changelog v1.4

Funtoo Linux 1.4 now offers a well-tested GNOME 3.32 desktop that can be merged as easily as doing:

root # epro flavor desktop
root # epro mix-in +gnome
root # emerge -auDN @world xorg-x11 gnome

New Compiler Toolchain

Funtoo Linux 1.4 features a new compiler toolchain based upon gcc-9.2.0.

New OpenGL Subsystem

Funtoo Linux 1.4 also features an improved OpenGL subsystem, which is made up of many components but a few are worth noting and exploring in further detail:

  • libglvnd
  • new nvidia-drivers
  • mesa 19.1 and vulkan support
  • Container CUDA/OpenCL/GPU acceleration

New nvidia-drivers

New nvidia-drivers ebuilds have been added to Funtoo Linux — these are completely new ebuilds that differ from Gentoo Linux. They have a separate ebuild, nvidia-kernel-modules, which is responsible for installing the kernel modules themselves. If you are installing NVIDIA drivers on your personal system, please emerge nvidia-kernel-modules to install both nvidia-drivers and nvidia-kernel-modules, as the latter DEPENDs on the former. But if you need to set up NVIDIA drivers in a containerized environment, emerge nvidia-drivers, which will install just the userspace GL bits and does not depend on the kernel modules. This is necessary when setting up an NVIDIA-accelerated lxd container, for example.

New Mesa 19.1.4 ebuild

Funtoo features a new mesa-19.1.4 ebuild. This ebuild offers support for vulkan on systems that support it. In addition, as of 28 Jul 2019, our beta now offers totally revamped VIDEO_CARDS support — see Make.conf/VIDEO_CARDS and this forums post for more information.

Container Technologies

  • LXC 3.0.4 and LXD 3.14 (most recent upstream stable releases) has been added along with official Funtoo Documentation.
  • The necessary ebuilds have been created to support GPU acceleration within both Docker and LXD containers, allowing users to run OpenGL applications inside containers, among other things.

Programming Languages

Along with the addition of gcc-9.1.1 come a host of improvements to our language offerings, some of which are listed below:

  • The official version of python3 now supported is python-3.7.3, which includes the addition of python-3.7 compatibility to quite a few ebuilds.
  • The latest upstream versions of python are now included (3.7.3 as well as 2.7.15).
  • Ruby has been upgraded to version 2.6.
  • Perl has been raised to version 5.28.
  • Go has been updated to 1.12.6.
  • Google’s Dart 2.3.2 (with 2.4.0 coming soon) has been added as dev-lang/dart. (Funtoo exclusive). This is a very nice language that has its own compiler as well as a Javascript translator, and is the basis for Google’s Flutter.
  • Oracle’s Java Runtime environment and development kit has been updated to

Core-Server Kit Improvements