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  1. 9 points

    New drobbins YouTube vlog

    Hi All, I've created a new YouTube vlog entry for your enjoyment. This one is about the latest shocking news of being let go from a job. View it here -- I appreciate it if you help me get the word out about my channel, send me some upwardly-pointing thumbs and possibly even subscribe! ? Thanks! Best, Daniel
  2. 6 points

    1.4-release efforts starting

    Everyone, I have just started getting kit-fixups ready for 1.4-release development. Some key changes that are coming in 1.4-release: move away from eselect opengl and to libglvnd. official support of container-based solution for steam, etc. updates to pam and pambase 1.4-release will be tracking "current" gentoo for a while and will freeze sometime this summer, likely in June 2019. If you want to get involved, chat on #funtoo and look at the latest commits to kit-fixups on code.funtoo.org. I'll also be doing some introductory videos on how to get involved with the new release of Funtoo. -Daniel
  3. 6 points

    Funtoo release model

    We are not doing rolling release for the following reasons: Too much time is spent on fixing various breakages coming in from Gentoo, which takes time away from other things... other things are more important such as new technology like fchroot and the upcoming containerization solution... If users are interested in certain packages being updated, I am encouraging them to submit a pull request and maintain these ebuilds themselves, so I am going to focus on helping YOU maintain ebuilds rather than have a few people (this has generally been Oleg) maintaining them for everyone. This model doesn't scale -- we all need to do a little bit rather than a few people doing a lot. See the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKmOY6p3c9hxv3vJMAF8vVw for tutorials Short-term, this means development slows down. But in reality, it will speed up development greatly. For those hanging out on IRC, you know that Oleg who has helped to maintain Funtoo for years has moved on to a new chapter in his life, so he is no longer active on Funtoo. But even though I am not slaving away over here, thanks to incoming pull requests Funtoo is continuing to move forward and be responsive to user needs. So think of it as a course correction as we become more agile and community-oriented, and be part of the solution. If you are reading this, it means you are part of the Funtoo community and just as able to contribute to Funtoo as anyone else (maybe with some tutorials/videos to help). When I work on technologies, I am trying more to work on key tools that help the community be more productive (like fchroot) rather than focusing on specific ebuilds, which I am leaving to the community to manage using pull requests. Best, Daniel
  4. 6 points
    The 1.0 release of Funtoo Linux is not going to be maintained after September 30, 2018. So please be sure to upgrade your systems to Funtoo Linux 1.2 using https://www.funtoo.org/Upgrade_Instructions so that you will continue to get updates! We will also be starting development on Funtoo Linux 1.3 in a few days, on August 31. We are moving to a new agile (scrum) process, where we will be doing 1-week sprints (time-constrained sets of work). Our work will include some portion of fixes for 1.2 and some new work on 1.3. When we as a team decide that 1.3 is ready for various milestones (alpha, beta, release candidate) we will mark it as such. Thus, we have no hard deadline for 1.3 as I do not want to try to hit arbitrary dates that are not based on the actual work. But we will get there, sooner rather than later!
  5. 5 points
    Hey Everyone, I want to officially announce 'fchroot', Funtoo's new QEMU-based chroot tool which allows you to chroot into ARM stage3's and live systems using your 64-bit PC. It is pretty neat stuff. Check out this video for a demo: Enjoy ? -Daniel
  6. 5 points
    Hi All, Within 12 hours, I plan to move 1.3-release to BETA status. Along with this comes the very important change on 64-bit platforms -- I am removing multilib and making "pure64" compatibility the default. This means that 1.3-release builds with the x86-64bit arch will be 64-bit only. This is done for a variety of reasons, most important of which is that the world has had a 64-bit PC instruction set for approximately 15 years. It is time to drop 32-bit support. For those who still need 32-bit support, it will be available via a Funtoo 32-bit chroot setup. The story behind multilib is rather complex and interesting, and might be the focus of a future blog post, but for now, you will just have to trust me -- multilib support in Gentoo is a pain in the butt. It takes a lot of effort to work with and slows us down. Our efforts are best spent in other places, and chroot should work for the vast majority of users who truly are running a critical 32-bit application (other options are 32-bit containers, etc.) EDIT: Upgrade Instructions Here: https://www.funtoo.org/Upgrade_Instructions/1.3-release Best, Daniel
  7. 4 points
    Everyone, arm-32bit and arm-64bit builds of Funtoo Linux 1.3 are now available. Search for "arm" on this page using the search field right above the table to see them: https://www.funtoo.org/Subarches Enjoy. Also note that we could use some help with updating install docs for raspberry pis as well as odroid-xu4, which I hear now should run fine with our debian-sources-lts? If you look at our odroid-xu4 page here, you'll see that at the top we link to an install guide specific to this board. I'd like to have docs like this for all the raspis as well: https://www.funtoo.org/ODROID-XU4 Thanks, Daniel
  8. 4 points

    We have a new FAQ!

    Hey Everyone, We have a new FAQ developed that allows you to more easily browse answers. See: https://www.funtoo.org/FAQ You can also submit your own FAQ questions which I will answer! ? Hope you enjoy it. Best, Daniel
  9. 4 points

    Official Funtoo AWS Images

    Hi Everyone, I'm very happy to announce that we are now offering official Funtoo AWS images in the AWS Marketplace: https://aws.amazon.com/marketplace/pp/B07KT3VN7Q/ Please test them out. They are optimized for specific instance types to offer the best performance possible in AWS. Please leave us a positive review (or file a bug ? ) and take advantage of these free images to Funtoo-ize AWS and advance the benefits of building software from source, optimized for the underlying CPU architecture -- Funtoo style! Best, Daniel
  10. 4 points
    Hi all, Please test ego-2.6.0, which is currently masked for testing. As many of you have noticed, there have been significant changes to kit generation and currently, ego is less "flexible" about mixing and matching kits from different releases. This is a side-effect of massively improved merge scripts, which now leverage python's asyncio, use a thread pool for database operations, and have much better internal design. I have put a lot of work into this new codebase and the new design is much better foundation for future development. Currently, it is possible to select a custom xorg-kit or gnome-kit, but all other branches are locked down to the release. For those who may be upset -- We have never "officially" supported anything but the standard collection of release kits anyway, with some tweaks of xorg-kit and gnome-kit, so users who push the limits of mixing and matching kits right now have been using Funtoo in a way that is beyond the scope of what we intended to deliver, likely without realizing it. So if you want to use an unusual combination of kits -- awesome -- we want to support this officially in time, but we are working on getting there the right way rather than committing to supporting all these unusual combinations all at once. If you have gotten accustomed to this flexibility in the past, know that this lack of flexibility is only temporary as we continue to build out our next generation of innovative technologies for managing kits. Re-enabling support for any old combination of kits is going backwards, in my opinion, and instead we need to move forward to OFFICIALLY support more combinations of kits. For the time being, you may need to write a small script to get things exactly how you want in meta-repo. We encourage people to use combinations we officially support if possible -- 1.2 with some variation of gnome-kit or xorg-kit. Things will be easier that way for the time being. Also, we now have the 1.3-release kit names and definitions finalized, so this will allow us to move forward with 1.3 release development. Best, Daniel
  11. 3 points
    Hi folks O/ few years ago I wonder about a friendly version of Gentoo and Funtoo, the gentoo community don't liked, but I keep did some tests but I didn't continue, well, few week ago I start again, but this time only a Funtoo Friendly version, and now I have something really beginning. the project will resume in few flavors and one version with a overlay with update packages and few extra. the funtoo flavors are X+openbox, gnome and Plasma, they are just the Funtoo Stage3 Generic with few packages and some configuration. and has one version with plasma, but with an overlay with few update packages and other stuffs, a stage more out of the box, I want make something to people learn about gentoo/funtoo or for who use the system without spent hours to build the system. the webiste will be done in the next weeks, and the stages will be available in the next days "sorry, I'm with one pc now, and the net is a turtle". website -> https://bentoo.info/ binhost -> http://binhost.bentoo.info github repos : overlay -> https://github.com/lucascouts/bentoo configurations -> https://github.com/lucascouts/bentoo-cfg I don't know if the funtoo community will like but anyway I'll forward with this project, but will be great if few users could help with feedback or criticisms. thank you anyway ?
  12. 3 points

    Dealing with multilib removal

    Just a note for the future: When removing a feature many people are relying on, it often pays of to have the replacement ready. I get the feeling that essentially disabling Steam and Wine and telling people to hold of on playing games for a couple months is going to drive many people away. I understand that there is too much to do for too few people, and dropping features you don't feel are needed seems like a good option, but you are also serving a community of users. Telling a portion of that community that they are not wanted and should go elsewhere seems like a bad strategy, even if it frees up development time. Personally I'm going to hold off on the 1.3 upgrade for as long as possible, and see how that turns out.
  13. 3 points

    Funtoo Linux 1.3 Released

    Everyone, Funtoo Linux 1.3 is now officially released. Check out a detailed description of all the changes here: https://www.funtoo.org/Release_Notes/1.3-release Best, Daniel
  14. 3 points

    Wiki Improvements

    Hello Everyone -- I want to highlight some improvements that have been made to the wiki besides our new FAQ (https://www.funtoo.org/FAQ) We now have a new Subarches page that is a lot easier to navigate: https://www.funtoo.org/Subarches And the look of various things like notes, tips, warnings, etc. have been improved for a cleaner, more consistent look. This is a good sample page to browse the new look. Note that you may need to "hard reload" the page to get the new CSS: https://www.funtoo.org/Upgrade_Instructions Enjoy! -Daniel
  15. 3 points

    Funtoo Linux 1.3 Alpha Builds Starting

    Hey Everyone, We are starting to build Funtoo Linux 1.3 ALPHA builds. We will let you know when these are uploaded and ready for testing. UPDATE: Ryzen 1.3 Alpha builds now available for download and testing: https://build.funtoo.org/1.3-release-std/x86-64bit/amd64-zen/ -Daniel
  16. 3 points

    I like 2FA

    Thanks for adding the 2FA to the site. I wish more would do it. I use it every where I can. Even my home server has the google-auth pam modules for ssh.
  17. 3 points


    My current desktop
  18. 3 points
    The Funtoo Linux Install Guide has been updated so it now displays as a chapter-by-chapter guide by default: https://www.funtoo.org/Install/Introduction It is still possible to view it as a single page if you prefer (or for printing/converting to PDF) .. there is a link to the full page version in the page above (or go to https://www.funtoo.org/Install)
  19. 3 points

    Ryzen stages available for download

    Ryzen stages are now available for download at the following links: https://build.funtoo.org/funtoo-current/x86-64bit/amd64-zen/ https://build.funtoo.org/funtoo-current/pure64/amd64-zen-pure64/ A new pure64 stage is building right now. Also, many thanks to CDN77 for sponsoring Funtoo -- our downloads now use a combined funtoo/CDN77 infrastructure for world-wide speed rather than a mirroring infrastructure. This applies to stage3 downloads as well as fastpull downloads.
  20. 2 points

    1.3 Maintenance Release 1 Now Live

    Folks, The Funtoo Linux 1.3 Maintenance Release 1 is now live, and contains the following updates in order to modernize the distro as well as to allow for a smoother transition to 1.4-release, currently in development: OpenSSL updated to 1.1.1b Ruby stack updated to current 2.6.3 release and moved to independently-maintained status rather than auto-generated. node.js updated to 12.3.0. webkit-gtk updated to 2.24.2. wpa_supplicant update to 2.8 to resolve some connectivity issues. updates to dev-libs/icu, libuv, http-parser, nghttp2, genkernel, eudev System updates should be pretty pain-free with no conflicts or other issues. To upgrade, simply ego sync and then emerge -auDN @world. For security reasons, all packages that use openssl will be automatically rebuilt by emerge. If you encounter complications, a bug report to bugs.funtoo.org would be appreciated. Upgrading from openssl 1.0 to 1.1.1 did require several packages to be updated and there could be a few that were missed and still need patches. Enjoy! -Daniel
  21. 2 points

    xfce terminal input/output error

    Thank you so much this solves the problem without any hicupps ?
  22. 2 points

    xfce terminal input/output error

    Your processor doesn't support aes which is in your CPU_FLAGS_86 and CFLAGS="- march=westmere" Building nettle with aes cpu flag set on gcc when your processor doesn't support aes could be the cause of the error. Reference: https://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/x86-Options.html ‘westmere’ Intel Westmere CPU with 64-bit extensions, MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, POPCNT, AES and PCLMUL instruction set support. Set to native and add the proper flags to match your processor. Install cpuid2cpuflags Follow my directions here starting at Remove any gcc override settings you've made previously. After you've finished configuring gcc to match your processor rebuild nettle.
  23. 2 points

    xfce terminal input/output error

    Is this the whole line from dmesg? Normally that message is followed by "in..." I suspect that something on your system is not compatible with your cpu. For that it would be interesting to know: - Your CPU (/proc/cpuinfo) - The output of 'emerge --info' - What stage3 you used for your system installation
  24. 2 points

    Funtoo release model

    And to expand on this some more -- While it's true that we don't have a dedicated security team and rely on users to report CVE's, this doesn't mean that we trail behind Gentoo in all areas. For example, we have a fix in gettext for CVE-2018-18751 that gentoo does not appear to have. We also had important fixes for avahi remote exploits before Gentoo. In general this means that our ability to be up-to-date with CVEs depends upon our users' ability to report these. In areas where we have had good reports, we have sometimes had things fixed sooner.
  25. 2 points

    forums, member map updated

    Hi All, Forums have been updated to the latest version and I have re-enabled a new version of member map. Let me know if you encounter any issues. -Daniel
  26. 2 points
    Note to all -- this kernel has been unmasked and is ready for general use.
  27. 2 points

    Is Funtoo dying?

    Funtoo isn't dying. Funtoo is changing just like it always has. You know far better than we do what you want from your Linux distro so ask yourself if you have liked all of the past changes to Funtoo. Then stick with it and have some faith in the wisdom of our BDFL. If you don't like what you see in a year or two you can go to another distro and have not lost anything. I originally switched to Funtoo because too many things in Gentoo and Debian stayed the same. Having bleeding edge packages wasn't why I used Gentoo. It was because it gave me a greater degree of control than any other OS. The reason I love Debian is because the stable release is always stable but unfortunately I have to give a lot of control to use it. Funtoo can give me the control that I want and at the same time give me the stability that I need so I am keeping an open mind. If you have the skills to contribute to the code base and improve things for all of us I encourage you to get involved. If you are like me and couldn't write a program if your life depended on it then I encourage you donate a bit of money to Funtoo every month.
  28. 2 points
    This is not linux, this is lindows :-). I can't understand why Poettering still haven't added to systemd registry and bsod...
  29. 2 points

    Feeling good with Funtoo

    Got a (new to me) Thinkpad T420s and decided Funtoo would be the primary OS. I'm happy to say I went through the install today and I now have Funtoo installed and booted. Just need to setup everything I want on it now.
  30. 2 points

    My Experience in Funtoo ( VIDEO ) PT-BR

    Hello everyone, I made a video about my experiences at Funtoo. I am here to promote and thank the community for their support. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfZvA5pVybM
  31. 2 points
    Hi, everyone! mysql-community-8.0.12 added in 1.3-release. This is Oracle's MySQL-8 major release. Please, notice, that this package cannot be installed with mysql (replacing). It also has certain incompatibilities with older versions of mysql and databases, created. https://dev.mysql.com/doc/relnotes/mysql/8.0/en/news-8-0-12.html
  32. 2 points
  33. 2 points
    Funtoo is my favorite Linux distro. I've been using it enthusiastically since at least 2012. I've been tinkering a lot with FreeBSD for the past 3 years which has divided my attention, but I still use Funtoo as my primary desktop OS. Here's my concern. I'm using Funtoo 1.2. In the past few months, I've encountered a LOT of blockers when trying to emerge world. Sometimes the blockers are things that don't exist in the portage tree, sometimes they are things which need to be unmasked, and sometimes they are things which need to be unmasked by keyword. I went through a short period of time where I filed a lot of bugs about these blockers. But one bug I filed was dismissed as a "workaround" because I filed a bug about something which needed to be unmasked. My feeling on the matter is that, if I try to emerge a package that it unmasked by default, then it should emerge without any problem. It should NOT require me to unmask anything or unmask something by keyword. Only ebuilds which are themselves masked or keyworded should rely on other ebuilds which are masked or keyworded. That's my opinion, but if that is not the opinion of the Funtoo project, I ask that such opinions be made plain so that people like me who love the project and want to contribute do not become nuisances by filing bugs or complaining when that is not the goal of the project. But at the same time, if that is not the goal of the project, then why are such bug reports being closed as "workaround" instead of being properly fixed? I asked Daniel and the rest of the Funtoo devs to please make a clear statement about these sorts of things so that users like me who are trying to help can be a genuine help without being a nuisance.
  34. 2 points

    why do we have such outdated packges?

    Good questions. The issues with blockers due to not having the correct version available will be disappearing with 1.3-release when it is available. It currently happens because we are using different snapshot dates for different parts of the tree, and we are not going to to do that anymore with 1.3+. 1.3-release will be a 'frozen' release when it is released, meaning it will gradually become out-of-date, though we will be bumping critical packages and backporting security fixes. But the process we use to create 1.3 will be used to launch 1.4 development immediately, so we are getting better at this and releases will come a lot more often ? The goal is to have a very stable and tested release that doesn't have unanticipated changes, until you want to pull them in by moving to the next release. So this is the pattern we are trying to establish. Hopefully we can get releases to the point where they are coming frequently enough people do not feel like packages are "stale". That is the goal. With the improvements in our tools, I think we will be able to achieve it. It is actually easier to do releases often rather than infrequently -- right now we are just in the "growing pains" stage where we are in the process of moving to a more rapid release schedule. As funtoo's team grows, we will have the person-power to actually move ahead of Gentoo in more areas. Right now, these areas are limited due to us only having a ~4 person team and Gentoo having several hundred developers.
  35. 2 points
    Oleg Vinichenko

    XFCE update available

    Hi, dear Funtoo users! XFCE 4.13-release available for testing. Currently not default and requires following steps to update. In /etc/ego.conf enable xfce-kit 4.13: [kits] xfce-kit = 4.13-release Followed by ego sync and emerge -auDN @world Log out and back into your desktop environment.
  36. 2 points

    New Funtoo Wiki

    Just wanted to let everyone know if you don't visit www.funtoo.org often that we've updated our wiki with a new version of mediawiki (finally) and a new skin! Enjoy, everyone.
  37. 2 points

    Funtoo Stages and Release 1.2

    Hi All, By default, we are now building stage3's using Funtoo Linux 1.2 release as default. This means that new installs will have this in their /etc/ego.conf: [global] release = 1.2 If you are still using release 1.0, that's fine -- your system will continue to use 1.0. When you upgrade to ego 2.4.1 or later, you will be able to set the release as above in your ego.conf, re-run "ego sync", and you will be upgraded to the 1.2 release. The release= setting is simply a short-hand for setting the various 1.2-related kits individually in the [kits] section, so many of you are already running 1.2. Best, Daniel
  38. 2 points
    Oleg Vinichenko

    ZFS-0.7.9 added

    Following ebuilds now available for testing in Funtoo/Linux sys-fs/zfs-0.7.9 sys-fs/zfs-kmod-0.7.9 sys-kernel/spl-0.7.9 These versions have a portion of upstream fixes and also support for newer kernels. Ebuilds added without keywords and do require manual setting of /etc/portage/package.keywords before update. https://github.com/zfsonlinux/zfs/releases
  39. 1 point
    Have you tried to run, after ebuild file has been changed? ebuild <file>.ebuild digest
  40. 1 point

    Dealing with multilib removal

    I'm aware that and X server is going to magically appear in the chroot, but I was hoping xhost would make it unnecessary, though I was pretty sure going in that it would not. No, I did not, as I had no need to run 64-bit Windows apps. The point is, I could not copy the wine *prefixes* over. This, I did not anticipate. Not disaster, but definitely a pain. Gentoo still uses openrc by default. Meanwhile, I'm still limping along with Funtoo 1.2 on that system.
  41. 1 point

    Information to possibly help others

    Fresh install of Funtoo I began getting Fetch Failed, 502 Bad Gateway and 404 Not Found errors emerging tcp-wrappers the first in the series of actually emerging KDE. After a fair amount of frustration \ research, I emerged mirrorselect and then ran mirrorselect -i -c usa Now everything is emerging with no errors. i hope this helps others. Enjoy, Scott A. Guthrie drazahoib
  42. 1 point

    USE flags? Why so necessary?

    When I did a fresh Funtoo 1.3 install on my desktop PC I just set my profile with epro and installed the KDE meta package and it worked (nearly) flawlessly. I did something like this: #epro flavor desktop # epro mix-ins kde-plasma-5-new # epro mix-ins no-systemd # epro mix-ins gfxcard-nvidia # emerge -vauND --with-bdeps=y @world # (say yes to any USE flag changes) # dispatch-conf # emerge -vauND --with-bdeps=y @world #emerge -va xorg-server nvidia-drivers nvidia-settings # emerge -va plasma-meta # (say yes to any USE flag changes) # dispatch-conf # emerge -va plasma-meta I have zero USE flags set in my make.conf and in package.use I only have what portage added.
  43. 1 point

    Opinion* Best way to run Steam?

    Hello, I just wanted to reach out and say I have installed Steam using flatpak about 2 months ago and I have had zero issues. I know there is away of setting up an overlay and chrooting into a 32bit kernel but that seemed like way to much work. Performance has been fantastic, and even the new proton layer they have been working on seems to chug right along. If you have any questions or if you think maybe there is a a better way of accomplishing this task please let me know. Thanks, Shane
  44. 1 point
    I'm just glad that we have this awesome distro to avoid all that garbage. Thanks to everyone who contributes!
  45. 1 point

    Funtoo slow in my netbook :(

    Funtoo is software rendering because you haven't built the MESA radeonsi hardware rendering driver: > [ 1964.602] (EE) AIGLX error: dlopen of /usr/lib64/dri/radeonsi_dri.so failed (/usr/lib64/dri/radeonsi_dri.so: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory) > [ 1964.603] (EE) AIGLX error: unable to load driver radeonsi
  46. 1 point

    Virtualbox issues fresh Funtoo install

    Hej! Good it worked for you so far! ? I can imagine VirtualBox source ebuild or the installed guest additions have some issues. As said, I remember having problems with the source package on my Intel system too. But I have not investigated any further yet due to lack of time. I just switched to the binary package and that worked for me. So unfortunately I can not tell if this is a Threadripper related problem. I hope someone else can help you better than me. Perhaps you should consider writing a bug report on the Funtoo bug tracker. By the end of year I will also retry installing from sources. Cheers
  47. 1 point

    Why Funtoo is not migrating on GitLab ?

    I think that Microsoft knows the kind of problems that would be caused if they abused their ownership of GitHub and I think they know beyond a shadow of a doubt what it would cost them: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/08/nat_friedman_github_ceo_elect_ama_session/ Let's face it, when it comes to freedom, privacy, an open market, and just about every other category of economic threat you can imagine Google/Alphabet/Android/Chrom* is bigger than Microsoft ever was. If Microsoft wants to stop their market share slide (much less regain market dominance) then they need software developers to like them and to work with them.
  48. 1 point
    Oleg Vinichenko

    X,Org security update

    Hi, everyone! X.Org security update now available with version 1.19.3-r3. By default xorg-server ebuild installs the /usr/bin/Xorg binary with suid . In 1.19 it was found a regression which allowed a privilege escalation. This is now fixed with patch. More details can be found here: https://www.mail-archive.com/xorg-announce@lists.x.org/msg01138.html A notice on suid USE flag. By default this USE flag is enabled and with unpatched xorg-server there is a security risk. Upstream recommendation is to disable suid USE. This can be achieved by: echo "x11-base/xorg-server -suid" >> /etc/portage/package.use emerge -1 xorg-server This will work in most cases, when login managers are used, such as GDM or similar. In case you are starting the X via xinit or startx, disable of suid USE may impact the X start. You can leave the suid USE turned on, as xorg-server has the vulnerability fix applied.
  49. 1 point

    I'm not able to emerge world.

    I would guess that the system wants to enable the USE flag curl_ssl_nss for the package curl because the USE flag nss is set for the package liboauth. I get the same error when I want to reinstall liboauth. It seems that ths USE flag nss got activated by the system lately. There are not many packages that use the USE flag nss. So, if you don't need this USE flag then you could deactivate it globally or for liboauth only and you should be fine.
  50. 1 point

    Raspberry 3 64bit Crossdev?

    The version of crossdev is of no consequence as long as it works, it's just a shell script. While qemu has value, it's _much too slow for general use. The docker idea sounds good, except it might be a hassle if you are using it for distcc, I don't know, never do docker. Setting up a local overlay is quite simple and almost surely you are going to do it sooner or later anyhow. I believe crossdev itself requires it, I don't know what it would use for an overlay (and it does need an overlay) without it.. The "custom ebuilds" are already done so I don't see an issue there. 5 or 10 minutes to set up your local overlay, drop the gcc build you want in there, then: crossdev <OPTIONS> --init-target Then change the gcc link in the crossdev overlay as shown in my 1st link. Pretty quick and painless. Then: crossdev <OPTIONS> again. Come back in a couple of hours. If you run this cool bash script on your $TARGET machine, it will even create the crossdev line for you: #! /bin/bash A="binutils" ; B=`eselect $A show` ; BINUTILS_VER=`echo $B | cut -d- -f5-` A=`/usr/bin/gcc-config -c` ; B=`echo $A | cut -d- -f5` ; GCC_VER=`equery l sys-devel/gcc | grep $B | cut -d- -f3-` A="sys-kernel/linux-headers" ; B=`equery l $A` ; KERNEL_VER=`echo $B | cut -d- -f4-` A="sys-libs/glibc" ; B=`equery l $A` ; LIBC_VER=`echo $B | cut -d- -f3-` echo "crossdev --b =$BINUTILS_VER --g =$GCC_VER --k =$KERNEL_VER --l =$LIBC_VER -t $(portageq envvar CHOST)" Source: https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Distcc/Cross-Compiling Here is crossdev-20151026-r1.
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