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The one thing that stymies people who want to use Gentoo more than anything else is compiling the kernel Gentoo provides a package called genkernel which makes configuring it relatively simple. For various reasons most people recommend installing it using a Debian-based Live CD such as Knoppix. There is one problem with that: getting your hands on a workable configuration file for genkernel is not straightforward, and without it you will find yourself dealing with the same defaults which make compiling a kernel from scratch so tricky. Gentoo and Slackware Live CDs have configuration files conveniently in the /proc directory and can be used to get a working kernel in about half an hour, while you surf the web or drink coffee.