Upgrading GCC, revisited

Gentoo has, since long, had a GCC Upgrading guide. A long time ago, upgrading GCC required quite a lot of side activities and was often considered a risky upgrade. But times change, and so do the GCC upgrade cycles. Improved compatibility as well as a better understood impact made GCC …

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Quickly setup a Gentoo system

In order to verify if the installation instructions in the Gentoo Handbook are still valid, and to allow me to quickly seed new Gentoo installations in a virtual environment, I wrote a very ugly (really) script to automatically "stage" a Gentoo Linux installation in a KVM guest. This is not …

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Catching up

As mentioned on the gentoo-doc mailinglist, all documentation bugs (that we know of) related to openrc have been fixed. It was already a week like so, but the last dependency on our "tracker" bug was an open one (asking if more needs to be done or not) from which we …

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Mitigating risks, part 3 - hardening

While I'm writing this post, my neighbor is shouting. He's shouting so hard, that I was almost writing with CAPS on to make sure you could read me. But don't worry, he's not fighting - it is how he expresses his (positive) feelings about his religion.

Security is, for some, also …

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Mitigating risks, part 2 - service isolation

Internet: absolute communication, absolute isolation
\~Paul Carvel

The quote might be ripped out of its context completely, since it wasn't made when talking about risks and the assurance you might need to get in order to reduce risks. But it does give a nice introduction to the second part of …

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