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  Gentoo Linux Reloaded
Subject:   Gentoo, sounds good, but...
Date:   2002-11-10 21:58:34
From:   anonymous2
Well, I discovered Gento quite by accident. It appeals enough that I would like to try it, but there are a number of questions.


I've run linux, since 1997 when I spotted an ad from TransAmeritec in a magazine. That was a false start , but OS/2 was going no where and I just had to try some of the didtributions. (I liked Debian and still do, but my ability to customize was limited by experience and knowledge. I tried RH, but it did not grab me. The MDLUG had a demo with SuSE 5.2 and I decided to try it myself. I was running Debian & SuSE as well as OS/2, but eventually opted for SuSE.)


I had considered trying NetBSD or OpenBSD, but never got around to it some some of the features sound intersting in Gentoo.


That said the docs I've seen seem very straight forward, but I'm wondering about what a build is really like. I would call myself a relative newbie do building kde and gnome would seem a daunting task. There is still amore limiting barrier for me and that is my connect speed to the web.


I'm afraid I'm one of the folk, lacking a wonderful thing called a dsl line or cable modem so downloading from the web is a very painful process.


i've just completed grabbing the basic livecd iso. I'm not sure what is actually on the stage 2 & 3 archives, but I can cheat a little on those as a friend does have a cable modem and an LS-120 drive, which will enable me to grab those files.


The question I have is is an install basically an impossible install for me? I have done everything I can to sqeek more bps out of my modem, an Actiontec 56k, but to no avail. 28.8 is the best I can do!


I should say I generally like SuSE, but several bugs over the years have left me less than pleased. Also, though I do like yast, I think that in some ways though convenient, it does what most Windows software does limit the end user to what the software developer allows.


I might ad that I jumped into Linux because of interest in Unix; looking for a useful tool as well as some education. I do have Win98 for one app, SolidWorks will not run, but my preference is Linux.


Thanks for your thoughts.

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  • Gentoo, sounds good, but...
    2003-06-12 17:33:31  anonymous2 [View]

    First off, you will want to head on over to http://forums.gentoo.org/ and post your questions there. There is a great Gentoo community just itchy to help you. :)

    "I would call myself a relative newbie do building kde and gnome would seem a daunting task."

    To install KDE you simply type: emerge kde

    To install Gnome you type: emerge gnome

    Gentoo's portage will automagically grab XFree86 and all of the other dependencies for you! It really is that easy. You will, of course, have to configure X once the install is complete. There is a Desktop Guide on the Gentoo website that is chock full of help.

    "i've just completed grabbing the basic livecd iso. I'm not sure what is actually on the stage 2 & 3 archives, but I can cheat a little on those as a friend does have a cable modem and an LS-120 drive, which will enable me to grab those files."

    You will want to install from stage 3. A stage 3 install requires much less downloading. All 3 stages are easy though (especially if you print out the documentation ahead of time). Basically, a stage 3 install has pre-compiled binaries so your machines performance might not be as good as a stage 1 install, BUT you can always re-emerge any apps once you've finished installing (to get the benefits of a customed compiled app).