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Yes, as of the 2004.0 livecds (which are based upon catalyst
and genkernel 3.0.1), you will be able to copy the kernel and
initrd directly from the livecd into your boot partition to
boot your systems, I'm still working on being able to grab the
/lib/modules/* to fill the system as well. In the near future
we'll be building gentoo packages .tbz2's that you can just
emerge gentoo-dev-sources-2.6.1-athlonxp.tbz2 and it will
install the appropriate packages and kernel.
The main problem with genkernel right now is the people who
created the livecds have not committed their kernel configs
for building your own kernel, if we could get those people
to do that, you wouldn't be having those problems.
The current livecds have very specific initrds that are only
meant for cdbooting, this new initrd in genkernel 3.0.1 is
100% multi-purpose, for recovery, normal systems, and cd-based
I have been installing gentoo on as many platforms as I can get my hands on
here at work (about 12 at the moment) in an effort to determine if we can
use it in a production environment. They range from brand new to older
Pentium III's. The single highest failure mode, believe it or not, is the
failure of genkernel to compile a bootable kernel. I find that the CD
kernel works in EVERY case, but often I have to recompile the kernel
manually to get it to work. Would it be possible to provide a way of simply
transferring the CD kernel to get a packaged distribution up and running
quickly and then do the tailoring later instead of the frustration of trying
to genkernel only to have it fail? Just a suggestion.
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