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Old 06-26-2008, 10:44 PM   #1
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Question Gentoo or Slackware for this little project?


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?

Thanks,
Kyle
 
Old 06-26-2008, 11:05 PM   #2
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Slackware.

Look at my specs. And to think Gentoo won't even boot (burned at 4x with correct md5sum).

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Old 06-27-2008, 12:02 AM   #3
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Slackware.

Look at my specs. And to think Gentoo won't even boot (burned at 4x with correct md5sum).
What do you mean Gentoo wont even boot? What do you mean your specs.? Your system in your signature? lol

Thanks,
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:07 AM   #4
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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)
 
Old 06-27-2008, 01:54 AM   #5
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Might I suggest something else? LFS
 
Old 06-27-2008, 07:17 AM   #6
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Might I suggest something else? LFS
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.

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Kyle

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Old 06-27-2008, 09:57 AM   #7
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I'd guess not booting is a problem with your specific system, has nothing to do with it not being fast enough. I've installed Gentoo in the past year on a 500 MHz P3.
 
Old 06-27-2008, 10:12 AM   #8
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s l a c k ware. Well simply because you are good with it. Sometimes you need functionality. I have ended up wasting months of freetime working on a new OS and getting behind my work.
 
Old 06-27-2008, 10:33 AM   #9
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I'd guess not booting is a problem with your specific system, has nothing to do with it not being fast enough. I've installed Gentoo in the past year on a 500 MHz P3.
Tried it on my last computer as well.

It had a 3.33GHz processor and 1 1/4 gigabytes of RAM. No luck there either. Other thing..I can't stand the logo
 
Old 06-27-2008, 10:39 AM   #10
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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

[edit] 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

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Old 06-27-2008, 11:52 AM   #11
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I'm starting to think I will put a slackware partition first then have two others one to mess around with gentoo and the other LFS. for the long haul projects.

Thanks for the advice guys,
Kyle
 
Old 06-27-2008, 02:07 PM   #12
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I would love to do that... but I just worry because I dont have a strong knowledge of linux.
I think you'll get fairly strong knowledge in process of using LFS.
 
Old 06-27-2008, 04:54 PM   #13
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I think you'll get fairly strong knowledge in process of using LFS.
Hahaa yeah I know that's what draws me to it.. but I don't want to end up bugging people about simple things if I cant figure them out. I'm going to attempt it :-) and see what happens.

Thanks,
Kyle
 
Old 06-27-2008, 05:48 PM   #14
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I encourage you to try Gentoo, I was Slackware user since 2004 and past year I tried Gentoo, do you know what I am using now ? both Gentoo and Slackware.

"How difficult is it to install and get Gentoo working?"

It is very - very very - easy to do, Gentoo has a lot of documentation files, if you follow the handbook you will get a Gentoo System working properly in few hours.
 
  


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