I find it a bit rude to give you a RTFM, but I there are 2 really good tutorials about installing gentoo:
Basically, it works like this:
- you should have a Linux system running. Whether this is knoppix, a livecd, another already installed distro doens't really matter. (the handbook however, gives you some notes when installing from knoppix)
Decide what stage you want your install to start. I've begun with stage1, and it's isn't hard. It takes quite some time to install, because it needs to compile everything.. including your C-compiler. (and my machine has downloaded 1.5 gig of source code already)
You need to partition your disks, follow the installation guides. They recommend to use a /boot, swap and one big root partition. Then extract the stage tarbals in that folder.
The coolest part begins:
- enter the chroot. A chrooted process (your shell in this case) runs with a different folder as root. it allows you to install gentoo while you're running your current linux system in a different root.
- I also recommend to use the screen command. it allows you to logout without canceling the installation.
To do this at once:
screen chroot /mnt/gentoo /bin/bash -l
Then, you can use Ctrl+A+D to detach/leave the screen, and type "screen -r" to resume it. If you type "ps auxf", you'll notice that this screen command keeps running in the background.
Once in the chroot/screen, you can start the installation. (I could give some steps, but this would mean I'd summarize the manual) The important thing, is setting the compiler options in /etc/make.conf. (search google for recommended settings)
Remember, if you start from stage1, you need to compile everything. This includes your choice of crontab, syslogger, installing tools like "sudo", or "lspci", samba, cups for printing, an editor (vim perhaps?), xfree, kde, gnome, openoffice, a kernel, bootmanager, etc.. The manual however, gives some advices for the different choices.
Before you install (emerge) a piece of software, use the -pv switch. (which is a short for --pretend, --verbose) You'll see the options of each component. To include a certain option type:
USE="+option" emerge -pv ...
...until your satisfied with the result. Then remove the -pv switch, and take a break, read a book, etc...
when you're done, gentoo makes your life really easy: "emerge -u world" is used to upgrade, and "emerge ..." is all you need to do to install new software. (try -pv first).
this is the coolest part:
..and that command also pulls games-fps/unreal-tournament