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Gentoo Linux Alpha Handbook
In this part you learn how to install Gentoo on your system.
About the Gentoo Linux Installation
This chapter introduces you to the installation approach documented in this
Choosing the Right Installation Medium
You can install Gentoo in many ways. This chapter explains how to install Gentoo
using the minimal Installation CD although installation through the Universal
Installation CD is possible as well.
Configuring your Network
To be able to download the latest source code, you will need to setup
Preparing the Disks
To be able to install Gentoo, you must create the necessary partitions.
This chapter describes how to partition a disk for future usage.
Installing the Gentoo Installation Files
Gentoo installs work through a stage3 archive. In this chapter we
describe how you extract the stage3 archive and configure Portage.
Installing the Gentoo Base System
After installing and configuring a stage3, the eventual result is that you
have a Gentoo base system at your disposal. This chapter describes how
to progress to that state.
Configuring the Kernel
The Linux kernel is the core of every distribution. This chapter
explains how to configure your kernel.
Configuring your System
You need to edit some important configuration files. In this chapter
you receive an overview of these files and an explanation on how to
Installing Necessary System Tools
In this chapter we help you choose and install some important tools.
Configuring the Bootloader
Several bootloaders exist. Each one of them has its own way of
configuration. In this chapter we'll describe all possibilities for you
and step you through the process of configuring a bootloader to your
Finalizing your Gentoo Installation
You're almost done. We'll just create one (or more) users for your
Where to go from here?
Now you have your Gentoo system, but what's next?
Working with Gentoo
Learn how to work with Gentoo: installing software, altering variables, changing
Portage behaviour etc.
A Portage Introduction
This chapter explains the "simple" steps a user definitely needs to know to
maintain the software on his system.
USE flags are a very important aspect of Gentoo. In this chapter, you learn to
work with USE flags and understand how USE flags interact with your system.
Discover the features Portage has, such as support for distributed compiling,
ccache and more.
Gentoo uses a special initscript format which, amongst other features, allows
dependency-driven decisions and virtual initscripts. This chapter explains all
these aspects and explains how to deal with these scripts.
With Gentoo you can easily manage the environment variables for your system.
This chapter explains how you do that, and also describes frequently used
Working with Portage
"Working with Portage" provides an in-depth coverage of Portage, Gentoo's
Software Management Tool.
Files and Directories
Once you want to know Portage in-depth you need to know where it stores its
files and data.
Configuring through Variables
Portage is completely configurable through various variables you can set in the
configuration file or as environment variable.
Mixing Software Branches
Gentoo provides software separated in several branches, depending on stability
and architectural support. "Mixing Software Branches" inform you how these
branches can be configured and how you can override this separation
Additional Portage Tools
Portage comes with a few extra tools that might make your Gentoo experience even
better. Read on to discover how to use dispatch-conf and other tools.
Diverting from the Official Tree
"Diverting from the Official Tree" gives you some tips and tricks on how to use
your own Portage tree, how to synchronise only the categories you want, inject
packages and more.
Advanced Portage Features
As times goes by, Portage evolves and matures further and further. Additional
features are continuously being put in - many of these are only of use by more
advanced users. This chapter will go into more detail of these specific
Gentoo Network Configuration
A comprehensive guide to Networking in Gentoo.
A guide to quickly get your network interface up and running in most common
Here we learn about how the configuration works - you need to know this
before we learn about modular networking.
Gentoo provides you flexible networking - here you are told about choosing
different DHCP clients, setting up bonding, bridging, VLANs and more.
Wireless configuration can be tricky. Hopefully we'll get you working!
If you're feeling adventurous, you can add your own functions to networking.
For laptop users or people who move their computer around different networks.
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