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I am trying to set up my laptop with a few different OSes. The main reason for this would be a clean system that has network monitoring software. Basically just like Backtrack only not a live cd so I can update it. Also it will have a normal install as well. So it will be booting multiple OSes from the same HDD.
I probably will install Slackware because that's what I use mainly but I always wanted to try Gentoo. My thought is one install of slackware for general usage. Then this "network monitoring" install I question about using Gentoo or Slackware. It will be fresh and clean with just the things I want no extra frills. How difficult is it to install and get Gentoo working? Are there advantages to doing a minimal install from the internet instead of downloading the DVD iso?
Yah, it won't even boot the installation CD. It just sits there at the loading screen. I've downloaded and burned 3 times before I gave up completely. With the speed in my computer, don't you think a system as fast as what Gentoo boasts should be able to boot?
(and I have asked on here before, but no Gentoo users have any idea why)
I would love to do that... but I just worry because I dont have a strong knowledge of linux. I can figure things out from reading, asking questions and just messing around. I'll think about that because in the long run that would be the best thing to do. Any recommendations of where to start(besides the main website which I'm currently reading)? If not :-) I'm sure I will figure it out.
Last edited by lifeforce4; 06-27-2008 at 07:20 AM.
Reason: Edited question.
You could try Gentoo if you always wanted to try it out.
It will be different - maybe even difficult.
You have to get used to/learn how the (in)famous USE-Flags affect the software you build - and what of those you need and what you can live without.
That way you can build a system which is exactly what you wanted - but it is going to cost you at least a little time...and the time to build the entire system from source.
The difference between the DVD and the minimal install is AFAIK not that huge - with the latter you get a lean and minimal working system and can install the rest just like you want - with the DVD you get to have a preconfigured System ready to use - but since the point of Gentoo is that you tweak it - you will end up doing just that anyway
I think: unless you really want to try - there is not much point in using Gentoo (for your purpose, that is) - and that is me saying that, a Gentoo user for years.
...and: you don't need the minimal CD eighter - if you have a working linux system or any live CD like knoppix or whatever - you are already ready to start
 tried to clarify that there is a point in using Gentoo of course, but maybe not in starting with it just to have a look...it is not difficult, only different