gentoo-sources-2.6.28-r4 released.

I just released gentoo-sources-2.6.28-r4. Amoung other patches, it includes four patches that help prevent data loss on ext4 filesystems during a crash. So, if you use ext4 and gentoo-sources, you might want to upgrade to r4 when it hits the mirrors.

Thanks to the hardened team for identifying those patches and making it easy to include them in genpatches.

The changes for this release of genpatches can be found here [1].



  1. Granoblastic Man

    Doh! And I -JUST- finished rebuilding my kernel 😛

  2. AzP

    Oooh, sounds like it’s time for an upgrade, even though I just updated to 28-r3. Great work guys!

  3. Trizt

    What about updating how the version numbering is used for the gentoo kernel packages, it’s difficult to simply know if the kernel is or is it or what ever, looking at the ChangeLog file it’s not always clearly told which kernel is the base for the release version and you may have to scroll down 50% of the file to find it out and then you easily read the wrong line and think it’s based on another kernel version which don’t have the exploit you was worried about and suddenly you may have someone using that exploit you thought you didn’t have.

  4. admin (Post author)

    I hear what you’re saying. Let me think about it and talk to the other members of the team.

  5. Randy Andy

    I only want you to know that Trizt is not alone with his opinion.

    This kind of confusing understatement seems to some interseted users, that Gentoo isn’t that actual, as we know it is!

    Best regards,


  6. maccej

    I also support Trizt’s comment. Knowing the exact version the ‘r#’ release was based on could actually get important in enterprise settings depending on the timing of the updates on both sides (Gentoo and

    Thanks for all your work with gentoo-sources – have used g-s over vanilla for years with great success.

  7. admin (Post author)

    People on the kernel team weren’t keen on changing our versioning, so it looks like it will be staying the way it is.

    There was a suggestion to modify the homepage, I believe, to point to the patch contents.

  8. Ioannis Aslanidis

    Thank you for that ext4 patch! I already suffered data loss twice and one of them damaged the system to a point of no return. This will luckily fix it!!!

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