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Gentoo Linux SPARC Handbook

Content:

  • Installing Gentoo
    In this part you learn how to install Gentoo on your system.
    1. About the Gentoo Linux Installation
      This chapter introduces you to the installation approach documented in this handbook.
    2. 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.
    3. Configuring your Network
      To be able to download the latest source code, you will need to setup networking.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. Configuring the Kernel
      The Linux kernel is the core of every distribution. This chapter explains how to configure your kernel.
    8. 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 proceed.
    9. Installing Necessary System Tools
      In this chapter we help you choose and install some important tools.
    10. Configuring the Bootloader
      The SPARC architecture uses the SILO bootloader to fire up your Linux system. In this chapter we step you through the process of configuring this bootloader to your needs.
    11. Finalizing your Gentoo Installation
      You're almost done. We'll just create one (or more) users for your system.
    12. 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.
    1. A Portage Introduction
      This chapter explains the "simple" steps a user definitely needs to know to maintain the software on his system.
    2. USE flags
      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.
    3. Portage Features
      Discover the features Portage has, such as support for distributed compiling, ccache and more.
    4. Initscripts
      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.
    5. Environment Variables
      With Gentoo you can easily manage the environment variables for your system. This chapter explains how you do that, and also describes frequently used variables.
  • Working with Portage
    "Working with Portage" provides an in-depth coverage of Portage, Gentoo's Software Management Tool.
    1. Files and Directories
      Once you want to know Portage in-depth you need to know where it stores its files and data.
    2. Configuring through Variables
      Portage is completely configurable through various variables you can set in the configuration file or as environment variable.
    3. 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 individually.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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 features.
  • Gentoo Network Configuration
    A comprehensive guide to Networking in Gentoo.
    1. Getting Started
      A guide to quickly get your network interface up and running in most common environments.
    2. Advanced Configuration
      Here we learn about how the configuration works - you need to know this before we learn about modular networking.
    3. Modular Networking
      Gentoo provides you flexible networking - here you are told about choosing different DHCP clients, setting up bonding, bridging, VLANs and more.
    4. Wireless Networking
      Wireless configuration can be tricky. Hopefully we'll get you working!
    5. Adding Functionality
      If you're feeling adventurous, you can add your own functions to networking.
    6. Network Management
      For laptop users or people who move their computer around different networks.

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Page updated February 9, 2013

Summary: This is the Gentoo Handbook, an effort to centralize Gentoo/Linux information. This handbook contains the installation instructions for an Internet-based installation on Sparc systems and parts about working with Gentoo and Portage.

Sven Vermeulen
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Grant Goodyear
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Roy Marples
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Daniel Robbins
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Chris Houser
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Jerry Alexandratos
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Seemant Kulleen
Gentoo x86 Developer

Tavis Ormandy
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Jason Huebel
Gentoo AMD64 Developer

Guy Martin
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Pieter Van den Abeele
Gentoo PPC developer

Joe Kallar
Gentoo SPARC developer

John P. Davis
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Pierre-Henri Jondot
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Eric Stockbridge
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Rajiv Manglani
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Jungmin Seo
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Jared Hudson
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Jorge Paulo
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Jon Portnoy
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Xavier Neys
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Gerald J. Normandin Jr.
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