Update: The site is now live at packages.gentoo.org!
Gentoo has seen quite some refreshing updates this year: In April, our website was relaunched (twice ;)) and our main package repository is now finally powered by git. There is one service though that sort-of relates to both, but this service has not seen an update in quite some time: Let’s talk about packages.gentoo.org.
The fact that we now use git for what was before called gentoo-x86 requires a set of changes to our package website. Several repository URLs are different now, and especially the changelogs that are now taken from git log messages need new code to display properly. As many participants in our website survey a while back have also noted, the time is most ripe for a change of scenery on “pgo”.
As having a good package search is one of the most-requested feature for the site, I’ve built a new site around elasticsearch (which also powers the new Gentoo mailing list archives). It is nearing completion as a minimum viable product, but already available for you to test in a beta state.
So, head over to https://packages.gentoo.org/
https://packagestest.gentoo.org/ and feel free to browse around. Some things are not available yet and the caching has not been fully enabled, so things might take a second to render. I’d be glad to hear your thoughts and ideas on the site—either as a comment here, or if you prefer on freenode in #gentoo-www.
As a sneak peek, here’s the site rendered on a small screen in case you don’t have your $device handy: