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Old 11-20-2005, 12:04 AM   #1
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Question have livecd of 'Linux Gentoo' how do i get past the "livecd root #" command line?


just downloaded Gentoo Iso. boots to root. at lest i think its the root. Im not familiar with linux. I can only liken it to a microsoft dos environment. i do not know how to get past this point to desktop environment. anybody out there familiar with 'Gentoo' commands? when it stops loading, the prompt reads, "livecd root #_" I dont know what to type to get me to the desktop.
 
Old 11-20-2005, 12:57 AM   #2
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I think you type startx or startkde . If you get a grey screen and nothing else then hit CTL-ALT-BKSPCE and that should get you back into linux command line mode.

If your a newbie to linux and you have no pressing need to compile your own linux then I suggest you try the Ubuntu or Kubuntu live cds they are much more noobie friendly then Gentoo
 
Old 11-20-2005, 01:37 AM   #3
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thanks!
 
Old 11-20-2005, 01:46 AM   #4
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Gentoo LiveCD is actually used to install Gentoo manually into your system. Definitely not suited for a new user.

I suggest you read the Gentoo handbook at www.gentoo.org before you even think of using it.
 
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I know How to partition drives if thats what you mean. I am just not familiar with linux commands. install Gentoo onto the hard drive is exactly what I want to do! But i will check out that manual you mention. Thank you!
 
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And further to Harishankars comments, the Gentoo CD is not a LiveCD in the sense of "trying out" Linux to see what it might look like.
There are several that fulfil this role - Knoppix is a great offering if you just want to "play" with Linux. The Mepis CD serves (or used to) as a live CD, and allows simple install to disk if you so wish. Ubuntu has separate live and install CD images, which I think is a poor decision by the build team.

My advice - try Knoppix. It has everything, and runs off the CD, so you can't (even accidently) trash your installed system.

Edit: Just saw the later post.
Gentoo isn't a great choice for a first Linux install - but if you are willing to try, you*MUST* read the handbook first. Then re-read it before starting the install.
O.K. - it's not a first install; I'll shutup.

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Old 11-20-2005, 02:12 AM   #7
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i want to install to the hard drive. This is what im attempting to do! Im not interested in playing with it on the cd. I want to insall it.

I will do that, thank you.

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Old 11-20-2005, 02:18 AM   #8
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my problem is, I just do not know many commands in Linux. I think Ill grab that manual!!
 
Old 11-20-2005, 03:49 AM   #9
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Yeah, installing Gentoo is more than just partitioning the drive. My suggestion? Print out the handbook and keep it as a handy reference during your installation (which is a step-by-step, command line process. You have to do *all* the work, including compiling a kernel - whether by manually configuring or choosing an autoconfigured one).

Again, I read the manual three times before I could undertstand it. You might do better, but don't hesitate to ask if you have any problems. There are some very knowledgeable Gentoo users on this forum.
 
Old 11-20-2005, 10:43 AM   #10
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THANX! you guys are probably going to get real sick of me! Im not gonna quit until I see a DESKTOP!!
 
Old 11-20-2005, 12:25 PM   #11
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Originally posted by Harishankar
Gentoo LiveCD is actually used to install Gentoo manually into your system. Definitely not suited for a new user.

I suggest you read the Gentoo handbook at www.gentoo.org before you even think of using it.
While I've stopped using gentoo for various reasons, I wouldn't say that gentoo isn't a new-user OS. It takes a little getting used to, and usually a source of support, but frankly, if you want to be in control of your system, and really see a difference between windows and linux, and learn how the system works along the way, I think gentoo is a great way to start out.

I'll give you that perhaps suse, or red hat might be more user-friendly, but if they break, there's a much bigger series of steps to fix whatever's gone wrong.
 
Old 11-20-2005, 12:31 PM   #12
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If you know how to use freenode the #gentoo channel is usually stellar.

brief howto:

using the gentoo liveCD, before the chroot, type irssi to start the terminal irc client distributed on the disk

in the irssi window type /connect freenode
once connected (the client'll let you know)
set your nick with /nick nick and then /msg nickserv help to find out how to register it.

then /join #gentoo

begin by asking your questions, usually if youask if you can, may you'll be told no. JUST ASK QUESTIONS. in that channel you'll usually recieve a resonse
 
  


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