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    hi all
    i have Pentium D 64 bit arch which copy of Gentoo should i get??

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    To be strict, you can't have a copy of Gentoo. Gentoo is a meta-distribution, a framework to build your own Linux.
    You can install Gentoo from any Linux LiveCD which has recent enough kernel. With your hardware you can choose between x86 and amd64, make sure the Linux CD you boot from is correct arch, you can't do 64-bit install from a 32-bit Linux and vice versa.
    When you download the stage tarball don't use Gentoo mirrors, get one from funtoo.org.

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    I think that the best way to install Gentoo is with the System Rescue CD - then get the tarball from funtoo. The advantage of using the System rescue CD is that you'll have all the tools you need to carry out the installation successfully - including a working Internet connnection.
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    My favourite is GRML.

    @Manchunian
    Do you really have 750 megabits (94 MB) of RAM or you are just kidding?

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    Come on! 750mb isn't that bad! Some people are still using Pentium 2s! Anyway, my humble little 750mb running on Archlinux is much faster than our modern Viata computers at work!
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    Segfault, pointing out obvious typos in someone's post is not polite, particularly when the typo doesn't change the content of the message. Not capitalizing MB is hardly grounds for a tongue-lashing.
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    I didn't think it mattered!
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    @techieMoe - what typo are you talking about?

    The difference between prefixes M and m in SI is million times. I believe your point of view would be different if this discrepancy was on your paycheck.
    The difference between b - bit and B - byte is 8 times. These are different units. 750 Mb is around 94 MB.
    Are you serious about promoting illiteracy?

    Definitions of the SI units: The twenty SI prefixes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shady3D View Post
    hi all
    i have Pentium D 64 bit arch which copy of Gentoo should i get??
    You can look at the handbook here it looks as though you can use either the amd64 or x86 version. I have tried both versions on an amd64 system (1GB RAM) and found little difference between them. If you have more than 4GB RAM then you will be better off using the 64 bit version.

    Installation media used to install is up to you ... I have used the minimal CD, live CD and Ubuntu CD for installs. I would advise using a live CD (which can be either Gentoo or another live CD). The only benefit I can see using the Gentoo live CD rather than Ubuntu is that you have net-setup and mirrorselect available. Using a live CD with a GUI allows you to access information easily ... the minimal CD will work but you need to use links for web access (I prefer firefox).

    I prefer the live CD option & after the initial boot to check things are on track I boot from the live CD again and chroot and emerge xorg etc. This means I can use a GUI while building gentoo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Segfault View Post
    Are you serious about promoting illiteracy?
    I really don't think that's what Moe is trying to say here. I think he's just mentioning that it's a typo. I feel pretty confidant in saying that we've all made them before.
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