After a long wait, Gentoo/MIPS is on the comeback trail. Okay, I’ll stick my hand up and admit I did a bit of carnage by pulling keywords on vim-7.0 (which might’ve worked with older releases but did not work on this latest release) however we’ll soon have that cleaned up. We’re still in discussions whether to drop the stable keywords on the packages that depended on vim (probably a wise move considering the vim keywords I pulled were stable ones), or whether to promote vim to stable early (probably also fairly safe given the circumstances).
In the meantime, my builds have plodded on. Gentoo/MIPS O32 for MIPS-I little-endian is now complete, with the stage 3 due to finish uploading in 5 hours time… after which, the stage 2 for the MIPS-III little-endian port will begin its upload. Progress can be watched here if people so desire… the upload is throttled at 8KB/sec so that I have some bandwidth left-over for other tasks (it’s a 128Kbps uplink).
MIPS-IV little-endian builds are going slowly… with a snag hit when the Qube2 couldn’t download an amended patchset for binutils (basically patchset 1.1 + patches from bug #338405) because muggins forgot to copy across the envscript specifying my local GENTOO_MIRRORS.
The O2 is also happily compiling a seed stage, for what will be a round of stage builds for big-endian systems… no issues so far and stage builds will commence there in earnest shortly.
It is hoped that we will soon be offering N32 stages to compliment this release very soon. N32 will likely be the future direction for the Gentoo/MIPS port, with O32 being provided for legacy installations and for hardware unable to run 64-bit kernels reliably (or at all).
From here, the next step will be uClibc stages and installation media for the various platforms we support. This should include the newer Lemote systems which have previously enjoyed semi-official support in the past.