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  1. #1
    Linux Guru bryansmith's Avatar
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    Nov 2004

    Thinking of trying Gentoo

    Hi all,

    I have decided that I am going to try and tackle Gentoo this week. I was wondering...for a novice/intermediate Linux user, which stage would I be best to go with. Any other tips or pointers?

    I am also on a bandwidth restrictions so how much downloading would I need to do if I wanted a system with and xfce and some apps like gaim, mplayer and so on.

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    Mar 2005
    I think the stage3 is the easiest one, and stage2 is pretty close but will take a day more... If you don't care of too much optimalisations, I would go for a stage3. Stage1 may take some time, from what I've heard three days on a modern computer to get the base system up... About the bandwitdh, you can use "emerge --fetchonly xorg-x11 xfce4 mplayer gaim" to fetch the sources without compiling them, and then later on "emerge xorg-x11 xfce4 mplayer gaim" to start compiling the sources.

    Myself I've tried stage2 and stage3, but for the moment I use stage3.

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