[noob] multiple kernels / (advanced) boot, hardware ?
thought i'd save clutter and ask all my questions in one thread (sorry, mods)
okay. so i currently have gentoo (and winxp pro dual-boot) on my dell inspiron 1300 laptop, everything's running beautifully...but, like everyone, i want MORE! (more power, more flexibility, more modern, more tacos, subsitute what you will).
some background info about me- i started using linux in january. i started with, as i believe all n00bs ought to, with ubuntu. i then advanced to kubuntu a week after. then i set up a webserver/teamspeak server, getting the hang of that- it runs debian. now, for my laptop (and, later, my desktop), i want to get to using gentoo on a regular basis.
1. i know i can install multiple kernels, but i'm still a little unclear because i'm still quite a bit n00bish (but don't worry- i learn fast. which is why i want to use gentoo). i already read this thread:
but i'm having some trouble..comprehending it? i'm still a little unclear on how to actually INSTALL the kernel. i.e. the kernel i am using now is genkernel'd, it's version 2.6.15-gentoo-r5. i want to use the current stable, 126.96.36.199. (i've done a manual kernel install before, i jsut wanted to genkernel this time to save time)
once i install it, it seems faily easy to set up to boot in GRUB.
2. aaaand my second question. i have an external USB hdd (seagate 40gb). i want to get gentoo on it for my desktop..but my motherboard doesn't support booting from USB. so here's my question- is it possible to create a boot cd/livecd or boot floppy i can set up in GRUB so that whenever the floppy/cd is inserted, it goes straight to gentoo (or gives me the grub menu to choose, i don't care either way)? i feel almost certain there is.... at the least, set up some type if initialization script from a livecd embedded into it that chroots into the external USB hdd automatically...