Originally posted by raid517
One other point is, when you do emerge system, does this install X too, or do I need to install X seperately?
No, the system is the basic stuff you need to run Linux in the console.
You will have to build X by emerging a window manager or desktop environment. In fact, I think if you emerge mc that will drag along X with it.
Here is how I built mine from stage one chroot from inside of my Redhat distro(I have dial up, so I had some hoops to jump and this was easiest):
ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/US/Eastern /etc/localtime
emerge -u ppp wvdial gaming-sources gentoo sysklogd dcron reiserfsprogs mc links fluxbox
rc-update add sysklogd default
rc-update add dcron default
rc-update add gpm default
I didn't bother to re-boot at this point as I had researched what I wanted to install, so I just got and made my kernel so alsa nvidia, etc would compile OK and continued on until I had it fully built.
I did my first from scratch and as soon as links emerges, I was browsing the Gentoo and the ex-lno forums.
Great fun being forced into learning Linux with the command line.