Gentoo Archives: gentoo-user

From: Neil Bothwick <neil@××××××××××.uk>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Possible new gentoo user
Date: Sun, 01 Oct 2006 20:41:29
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] Possible new gentoo user by Terry Eck
1 On Sun, 01 Oct 2006 13:08:25 -0500, Terry Eck wrote:
3 > I've been a SuSE user for several years now currently running 10.0.
4 > I'm interested in giving gentoo a try with the object of converting
5 > from SuSE to gentoo. I've been looking at this list for a couple of
6 > weeks and have determined that there may be a steep learning curve
7 > on my part converting. Any words of advice on getting up to speed
8 > using gentoo before I install it.
10 I take it you'll be installing Gentoo alongside SUSE to start with. This
11 is the best way, it lets you take your time over the installation while
12 still having a running system to fall back on.
14 The default method is a Stage 3 installation nowadays, which uses mainly
15 pre-compiled packages to get you going. If you also download the packages
16 CD, you'll also be able to install a full desktop from there, so you'll
17 have less waiting around. The last full Gentoo install I did took just
18 over an hour, from fdisk to running KDE. However, for your first attempt
19 allow plenty of time, at least half a day, preferably a full day.
21 I would avoid the graphical installer because the manual install teaches
22 you more about how Gentoo works and makes life easier for you in the long
23 run, mainly because it ensures you read and understand the handbook.
25 Follow the handbook religiously, if you think there is a quicker way to
26 do something, forget it, the people writing the handbook know their
27 stuff. Don't start improvising until you have three successful installs
28 behind you.
30 Most importantly, there is plenty of help available here and in the
31 forums, but read the handbook first - then ask.
34 --
35 Neil Bothwick
37 "You want us to do WHAT?" - Ancient Chinese wall engineer.


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