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4. Using the Dialog based Gentoo Linux Installer
Before you begin
After you boot the Gentoo Linux Installer LiveCD, it will attempt to load a
graphical desktop. If it is unable to do so, it will instead display a command
line prompt. To launch the installer, simply type:
Code Listing 1.1: Start the installer
Once the installer has finished loading, you will be greeted by the welcome
screen. It provides a friendly introduction to the process of installing Gentoo
on your computer. Remember to read each option carefully. There is detailed
help available for each step of installation at the top of the screen. We
recommend that you always read the help provided before making your choices.
Note that at any time during the installation process, you can save your
configuration progress in case you need to resume your installation at a later
time. Use the Tab key (on your keyboard) to move around the menus within
a screen and the Enter key to confirm an action.
There are two types of installation modes available. Choose Networkless
to begin installing Gentoo Linux.
Selecting Networkless will make some later configuration options
unavailable. Simply proceed to the next screen.
4.b. Preinstallation Configuration
Optional: Manual Network Configuration
Even though you will be installing without a connection to the internet, you
can manually set up connections to your local area network (LAN), in case you
want to install Gentoo from another machine on your LAN.
If you wish to enable SSH access to the machine (for remote installation), you
can start sshd and specify a root password.
Optional: Load Additional Kernel Modules
If you need to load more kernel modules to support your hardware, enter their
names, each separated by a space.
Preparing the disks
In order to install Gentoo on your machine, you will need to prepare your
disks. The Partitioning screen will show you a list of detected disks and
allow you to specify the filesystems you would like to have on your
partitions. Selecting Clear partitions will erase all previous partitions on
your disk, so be careful with this option! It is also possible to resize
certain partition types.
If you choose to go with the Recommended layout, the installer will
create three partitions: 100MB for /boot, a /swap
partition up to 512MB in size, and the rest of the available space on the disk
is used for /, the root partition. If you have more than 4GB of
unpartitioned space, using the "Recommended layout" will automatically configure
your partitions without destroying any data on any existing partitions.
As with any partitioning application, you should backup your system before
making changes to your partition table, as any possible bugs could cause data
4.d. Network Mounts
Optional: Define network mounts
This screen lets you set up and use any existing network mounts during and
after installation. At this time, only NFS is supported.
Since you are performing a GRP/networkless install, you will not be allowed to
select USE flags before installation. However, you are free to set your own USE
flags in /etc/make.conf after you have rebooted into your finished
Select your processor type in the CFLAGS section along with any custom
optimizations you may want, such as -O2 and -pipe.
Any other options you wish to set for future use should be selected now. Read
through the available FEATURES and make your choices.
4.f. Kernel Sources
Using the LiveCD kernel
You must use the kernel present on the LiveCD for the GRP/networkless
install. This is merely a gentoo-sources kernel compiled by
genkernel, Gentoo's automated compilation utility, and will give you a
kernel that automatically detects and configures your hardware upon boot.
Making your choice
This screen allows to you choose your bootloader. Next, select your boot device
and (optionally) specify any additional boot options.
Choose your timezone
Study the list and select the region closest to your actual location.
Add network device
On this screen, you will be able to configure the various network interface
devices detected on your computer. Read the available options carefully.
The next screen gives you a choice between DHCP and manual IP address
configuration. Once your network interface is properly configured, you will
need to create a hostname for your system. Optionally, you may specify a
domainname and any DNS server information needed.
4.j. Extra Packages
Optional: installing extra packages
The LiveCD contains a number of available pre-built packages. If you wish to
install any of them, check the appropriate box.
4.k. Startup Services
This screen allows you to choose various services to load at system boot. Study
the available options and their descriptions carefully, and then select your
desired services. For example, if you have chosen to install xorg-x11
and want to boot straight into a graphical desktop, then you would select
"xdm" from the list.
4.l. Other Settings
Now you will be able to change various settings, including keyboard layout,
graphical display manager, the default editor, and whether to set your hardware
clock to UTC or local time.
Adding users and groups
First set the root password for the system administrator (the root
We strongly recommend that you create a regular user for daily work.
Working as root all the time is dangerous and should be avoided! Create
your users, set their passwords, and add them to the appropriate groups. You
can optionally change their home directories, select their login shell, and set
Please take the time to double-check each step of the installation process,
ensuring that your system is properly configured. When you have finished
reviewing, you may save your progress and exit, or select Install to
begin automatically installing Gentoo.
The installer will alert you when it has finished. It will then return you to
the command prompt. All you need to do to reboot is type:
Code Listing 14.1: Rebooting
# shutdown -r now
Congratulations, your system is now fully equipped! Continue with Where to go from here? to learn more about
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