Considering installing Gentoo and was wondering....
1/ The Gentoo handbook mentions two CDs -- an install disk, and a packages disc -- but the gentoo CD set I bought from linuxcd.org includes a thrid CD, called the "Stages Disc". Does anyone know what this extra disc is for??
2/ I already have a working dual boot system (suse9.3 and XP) and I don't want to disturb it. I'd like to install Gentoo on an empty partition I have, and I'd like to continue using my SuSE bootloader. My question is, can I completely ignore chapter10 of the Gentoo Handbook ("Configuring the bootloader")?? Will Gentoo be able to successfully boot without a bootloader??
In the past I've built Linux From Scratch up to the stage of a fully customized desktop system with KDE, OpenOffice, and all the bells and whistles, so i think I have the experience to complete this installation. The process of building Gentoo seems very similar to that of building LFS, but with slightly more automation -- I hope it won't take as long, or require as much repetition! Are there any pitfalls or traps I should be aware of whilst doing this??
I've read techiemoe's rants on the subject of Gentoo(Thank you techiemoe for the entertainment -- the windows vista rant had me in tears :lol:) , so I'm prepared for a difficult time, but I guess the joy of linux is playing around with all the distros out there and discovering for yourself if they suit you or not :D
Re: Considering installing Gentoo and was wondering....
You don't actually want to skip it, but you don't have to follow it. Read through it and take notes so that you know what exactly needs to go in the stanza that dylunio mentioned. Gentoo has a couple of variations in the boot parameters that I haven't seen in other distros I've used, like 'ramdisk' and real_root.
Originally Posted by smolloy