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on a side note, be careful when you are in root, i just hosed my gentoo box when i mistakenly mv the whole / to my $HOME. I gues this can happened on any distro, but if it happens on gentoo, well, another round of reinstallation and compiling.....You get the point? Now I am back at Slackware .Will wait for 2004.1 cd, it's coming out really soon(propably this week)
If you think you are up to the task of configuring your kernel compile options on your own instead of using genkernel I highly recommend it. Genkernel will include just about every driver it can get its hands on, which in my opinion completely defeats the purpose of Gentoo in the first place.
Gentoo is meant to only include and use the features of linux that you have personal taste for. All of my apps are configured to only include dependencies for the things I use. This should go the same for your kernel. Your kernel should be configured to use only the hardware in your box. I did it this way on my workstation at my job, and I gotta tell you, its the fastest version of linux I've ever used.
As per my setup, I used the LiveCD, but downloaded most of my stuff. An active internet connection is essential for a Gentoo install for one reason: emerge sync.
The whole point of emerging packages this way is that you have the most bleeding edge up-to-date versions of everything available. So in my opinion, if you dont have a bleeding edge LiveCD with the most up-to-date portage tree, its worth downloading everything just to make sure.
If this isnt for you, perhaps you would consider waiting for GentooUF?
just a thought...
"f you think you are up to the task of configuring your kernel compile options on your own instead of using genkernel I highly recommend it. Genkernel will include just about every driver it can get its hands on, which in my opinion completely defeats the purpose of Gentoo in the first place."
Or, you could actually read the instructions and learn that genkernel only makes a general kernel if you use it the stupid way.
The rest of us happily use genkernel with the --menuconfig option and get to pick and choose everything we want. Genkernel then builds, packages, and installs the custom kernel for you saving you all the mess.
The easiest way to to install, if you have 2 machines networked, is to boot off the CD stage of your choice and start the sshd, then use you other machine to connect and have the html docs open in a browser.
You can pretty much just cut and paste the majority of the instructions, which are wonderfully thorough.
Okay. Today I tried a networkless installation. Everything worked fine up to the point where I had to configure the kernel. I skipped the stages because they weren't working, and when straight to configuring the kernel, section 7 of the guide. When it became time for step 7.b, it wouldn't work. I could get up to the point of emerge, and then nothing would work. It would start, and then reach an error when it tried to use make. I ahve no idea what is going on, and after also trying Peanut Linux, Arch Linux, and College Linux, all of them have failed. Does anybody know what is going on, or is my computer the source of all these problems?
if you read closely, you can find the manual that tells you how to install gentoo while still booted into redhat, or knoppix, or any other linux distribution using chroot, the gentoo disk is only a bootable environment from which you can chroot and has a bunch of extra packages, if your wireless card works in redhat then do a proper stage 2 install (all the benefits of a stage 1 install will be given to you in about a month or so as you upgrade your packages) as far as your problems make sure you have properly edited your /etc/make.conf