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+title: 'Additional stage downloads for amd64, ppc, x86, arm available'
+<a href="https://www.gentoo.org/downloads/" class="news-img-right">
+ <img src="https://www.gentoo.org/assets/img/logo/gentoo-signet.svg" alt="Gentoo logo" width="80"/>
+Following some technical reorganization and the introduction of new hardware,
+the [Gentoo Release Engineering team](https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Project:RelEng) is happy to offer
+a much-expanded set of [stage files for download](https://www.gentoo.org/downloads/). Highlights are
+in particular the inclusion of [musl](https://musl.libc.org/)-based stages and of <em>POWER9</em>-optimized
+<em>ppc64</em> downloads, as well as additional [systemd](https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/)-based
+variants for many architectures.
+For <em>amd64</em>, [Hardened](https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Project:Hardened)/SELinux stages are now
+available directly from the download page, as are stages based on the lightweight C standard library
+[musl](https://musl.libc.org/). Note that [musl](https://musl.libc.org/) requires using the musl overlay,
+as described on the [page of the Hardened musl project](https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Project:Hardened_musl).
+For <em>ppc</em>, little-endian stages optimized for the <em>POWER9</em> CPU series have been added, as have
+been big- and little-endian Hardened musl downloads.
+Additionally, for all of <em>amd64</em>, <em>ppc64</em>, <em>x86</em>, and <em>arm</em>, stages are now
+available in both an [OpenRC](https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/OpenRC) and a
+[systemd](https://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/systemd/) init system / service manager variant
+wherever that makes sense.
+This all has become possible via the introduction of new build hosts. The <em>amd64</em>, <em>x86</em>
+(natively), <em>arm</em> (via [QEMU](https://www.qemu.org/)), and <em>riscv</em> (via
+[QEMU](https://www.qemu.org/)) archives are built on
+an AMD Ryzen™ 7 3700X 8-core machine with 64GByte of RAM, located in [Hetzner](https://www.hetzner.com/)'s
+Helsinki datacentre. The <em>ppc</em>, <em>ppc64</em>, and <em>ppc64le</em> / <em>power9le</em> builds are handled
+by two 16-core POWER9 machines with 32GByte of RAM, provided by
+[OSUOSL POWER Development Hosting](https://osuosl.org/services/powerdev/).
+Further, at the moment an <em>arm64</em> (aka aarch64) machine with an 80-core Ampere Altra CPU and 256GByte of
+RAM, provided by [Equinix](https://www.equinix.com/) through
+the [Works On Arm program](https://www.worksonarm.com/), is being prepared for improved native <em>arm64</em> and
+<em>arm</em> support, so expect updates there soon! \ No newline at end of file