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Old 01-23-2009, 12:18 AM   #1
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Gentoo LiveCD or Minimal CD


I am thinking about installing gentoo.
On the download site there is a Minimal CD and a LiveCD.

What is the difference and what is the best to chose???
 
Old 01-23-2009, 01:23 AM   #2
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I've always used the minimal CD. Check out the Gentoo Handbook for your architecture and it'll explain your install options. I couldn't tell you anything about the live cd as I've never had a reason to use it.
 
Old 01-23-2009, 06:33 AM   #3
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Gentoo comes in several formats..
1) as a minimal install cd, allowing a network capable boot environment that can be used for downloading stages, or using already downloaded stages, packages or GRP binaries.
2) as a universal install cd, containing a network capable boot environment, all compatible stages, a portage snapshot and necessary packages & binaries.
3) hardened versions of the install cds.
4) package cd, pre-built GRP binaries matching various sub-architectures to speed up the install process. The optimisations match the stage sub-arch build optimisations, and are very good.
5) downloads via ftp, http, rsync & torrent. The sub-arch GRP packages are only available via torrent.
http://iso.linuxquestions.org/gentoo/

The answer depends on what you want to do. The minimal install allows you to download and install only the additional components you want on your system. The LiveCD is just that- it lets you run Gentoo from the CD.
 
Old 01-23-2009, 06:42 AM   #4
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I tried the Live CD and it gave me a lot of problems. The minimal CD is easier to use to setup your system using the Handbook.

Just my 2cents.
 
Old 01-23-2009, 06:46 AM   #5
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http://iso.linuxquestions.org/gentoo/

The answer depends on what you want to do. The minimal install allows you to download and install only the additional components you want on your system. The LiveCD is just that- it lets you run Gentoo from the CD.
thanks i think i will download the minimal disk and try that.
 
Old 01-26-2009, 11:39 AM   #6
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The minimal cd contains no stage3 tarball, no Portage snapshot, no prebuilt packages and is therefore not suitable for networkless installation. The live cd contains everything you need, therefore you can install without a network. Have a look at this:

http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handboo...?part=1&chap=2

The minimal installation was great at automatically detecting and setting up my netowrk. Hence, I was able to download and install the tarball. I personally perfer the minimal cd.

Regards,
JQ

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Old 06-17-2009, 06:35 PM   #7
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Definately the minimal cd.You will end up having to compile everything again anyway with the livecd because the packages on it would be pretty old
 
Old 06-18-2009, 05:55 AM   #8
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For the record, I always use SystemRescueCD, because it's a Gentoo minimal CD with a recent kernel but the most important thing,is that I can surf the next while I'm installing Gentoo. It's only 240 megs I think, so it's not so big at all.
 
Old 06-19-2009, 09:05 PM   #9
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I've never found the gentoo live CD's to be to up to date.

I would recommend minimal CD, but burn youself a copy of ubuntu live first in case ( if you have only one computer ) because sometimes even simple drivers for common networking cards are missing..

Gary
 
Old 06-29-2009, 04:54 AM   #10
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I have used System Rescue CD to install Gentoo on several PCs. It is great, with USB Support and Firefox.

Last edited by Smartnow; 06-29-2009 at 04:57 AM.
 
Old 07-01-2009, 09:13 PM   #11
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I would agree that the best installation medium for Gentoo is the SystemRescueCD. It is a Gentoo-based distribution, and it is readily updated. Also, you can grab the latest stable Gentoo tree builds from http://www.funtoo.org if you would like. That will save some time on your initial emerge -avuDN world after the initial base system installation.
 
Old 07-02-2009, 04:11 PM   #12
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In fact Kalos, since the autobuild are not official, Funtoo is the best choice :P
 
Old 07-15-2009, 03:14 PM   #13
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I would like to invite to take LiveDVD Calculate Linux Desktop. In the original development of the distribution used. For example the draft Calculate 2, by which very flexibly customize the look and feel of your desktop. CLD is issued once a month with KDE or XFCE.

Here at the forum there is a section Calculate. If you have questions - ask, be glad to answer!

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/calculate-89/
 
Old 07-15-2009, 11:50 PM   #14
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I would like to invite to take LiveDVD Calculate Linux Desktop. In the original development of the distribution used. For example the draft Calculate 2, by which very flexibly customize the look and feel of your desktop. CLD is issued once a month with KDE or XFCE.
That has nothing to do with the question that was asked. If you want to ask a question please start your own thread. If you are new to LQ, please read;
http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/rules.html
 
Old 07-16-2009, 12:41 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by comprookie2000 View Post
That has nothing to do with the question that was asked. If you want to ask a question please start your own thread. If you are new to LQ, please read;
http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/rules.html
Perhaps you did not understand me. Calculate Linux 100% compatible with Gentoo. You can set SystemRescueCD to get a Gentoo system, or, alternatively, to Calculate.

P.S. I am really here recently.
 
  


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