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Assuming you've made the relevant BIOS change to enable booting from CD, does this same system boot other bootable CDs like Windows or other Linux distro's? Some people have reported issues booting other Linux CDs but being able to boot other CDs just fine. Thankfully with Gentoo, you don't need to be able to boot their LiveCD to install it, you can use just about any Linux live filesystem CD as long as you have a copy of the relevant Gentoo stage tarball.
Personally though, I wouldn't have wasted time downloading the two CD set, I'd have gone straight for the basic Stage 1 LiveCD (or if your system isn't happy with that either, grabbing the Stage 1 tarball and using something like a Knoppix or Slackware LiveCD) and compiled the distro from there. It's a little tricker, and takes a fair bit longer but it's really the only way to experience the raw flexibility of Gentoo, something no other distro, save Linux From Scratch, is able to match.
yes. It is set in the BIOS to boot from CD. I can boot a RH 9 CD and wintrash CDs.
To be honest, I'm tired of the MS BS I have to go throught and I am ridding my home of all things MS. and converting. I can install RH 9 just fine but so many people have told me to go to Gentoo that I thought I'd try it, but I don't have much exp. compiling on a *nix box.
I can boot into a RH 9 terminal and access the CD with the stages there. Should I just copy the stage tarballs over and run an install from them? Can I do that?
The thing with Gentoo though is that there is no specific "installer" as such, you have to do all the same steps manually yourself. These are well documented in the install guide (which is provided both online and on the LiveCDs) and anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of the command line should be able to perform the install without much trouble. And in the event that you should you run into asny trouble, the answers can more than likely be found at the Gentoo forums.
This is why you can boot off just about any Linux LiveCD in order to install it (you can using an installed version of Linux too, but using a LiveCD is cleaner unless you really want to dual boot two versions of Linux), without an installer all you really need is the ability to connect to the net (this is especially important if you plan to do the Stage 1 install), the tar (with BZip2 support), cfdisk and relevant filesytem creation tools and chroot commands along with the relevant stage tarball and the install guide.
Dunno - it depends on how you install it.
I compiled everything from source and it took about 14 hrs from scratch to kde-base.Of course I had to download the whole stuff.
With binaries it should go real quick - never did that though.Kind of defeats the purpose of gentoo.
Check with the link above - there is also something about installing with dialup.Might come in handy sometimes.
Originally posted by dalek I have ordered the set from cheapbytes.com. Should be here soon. How long you think it will take to install? I'm new to Gentoo but about 8 or 9 months on Linux. Got how to from Gentoo.com
Oh, I can do this without a internet connection right? I have a really slow 24K dial-up. Sucks. If I don't stop I'll go into a rant.
Gentoo is rather internet dependent as it is "bleedin' edge" stuff, but it can be done over a dial up. I did it with a stage 1 tarball.
You can save a lot of download time for install by ordering the Gentoo Essentials CDs. I wish these had been available when I installed.
But depending on just how old those essentials CDs are a lot of the download time you save installing will be negated by the download time required to bring the system up to date. The best way to save download time I've found is to perform the stage 1 install from scratch once and if and when you have to reformat and reinstall, make a copy of your /usr/portage/distfiles directory before you reformat and put it back afterward. I managed to get my system up and running in under 3 days doing that when previously, it took 4-5, even a week.
Do they rebuild the entire base system when they do that or do they just include the latest portage snapshot? As near as I can tell, the stage tarballs haven't been updated since August so'll be next to useless for building a system now if saving download time is a priority.
I went to the site fancypiper gave and ordered the set with the update CD thingy. I also ordered Mandrake 9.2, Slackware 9.0 source and updates and Open Office 1.1rc4. I plan to put a lot of OS's on before it's over. In case you can't tell, I love Linux. I also hate M$.
When I get all that down pat, I'll be able to help others and learn myself. That's one thing about being disabled; plenty of time.
I will be able to boot to Mandrake on occasion during this Gentoo install won't I? I don't know if I can go without a puter that long.
Oh, Need links, lots of links. Need to read a lot. Gentoo, Slackware. I got Mandrake pretty good though.
Thanks for the help. I'll probably post back with questions before it's over. I did get the install info printed though. Seems like good info.