Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Sep 2006 20:45 UTC, submitted by Valour
Gentoo Another review of Gentoo 2006.1. In one respect, Gentoo Linux 2006.1 is the same as it's always been, except with newer software on the installation media. Beginning with version 2006.0, though, a graphical environment was added to the live CD along with an installation program that rarely worked properly. The good news is, the installer works reasonably well in Gentoo 2006.1; the bad news is, it's still quicker and easier to install by hand via the command line.
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Nope, command line isn't quicker...
by rklrkl on Fri 1st Sep 2006 23:44 UTC
rklrkl
Member since:
2005-07-06

I tried a Gentoo release from the command line a while back and for some unfathomable reason, vi (aka vim) wasn't on the install CD and you ended up having to use nano to do your file editing. You're also dumped into a text console and are constantly switching via Alt-Fn keys between the help document and the command line - very maddening indeed, even for experienced Linux users.

I tried the graphical installer and it's a much less stressful experience, but it's arguably still a bit too verbose/techy and a little tricky (especially when you get to manual package selection and guessing which ones to include and which to exclude). If you're not familiar how Gentoo does things, the graphical installer doesn't make it too obvious in places exactly what you should do.

One thing that frustrated me though was that I would like to see an ETA of how long the package builds were going to take before it even starts them (with a last chance "go beyond this point and it'll take X hours and you can't back out" warning).

By the time I'd finished my package selection, it wasn't until I started the builds that I found out that 456 packages needed building and after 20 mins, only 11 had been done (on a 1GB RAM, Athlon 64 box!), that I abandoned the compilation process and realised I'd need to set aside a whole day to build Gentoo....argh (or get the package ISO of pre-built binaries of course, but why run Gentoo if you're going to do that - may as well stick with 64-bit Fedora Core...).

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Headrush Member since:
2006-01-03

Weird. I run Gentoo on my main machine, but gave the graphic installer a try on my much weaker Via based machine. Since using Gentoo uses a stage3 install by default, by not selecting additional packages, I had a fully working system with KDE installed in 20 minutes.

The advantage of using the stage3 is that you get a working machine up fast and then you can go and recompile things as you want from within your working system. No flipping between virtual terminals as you mentioned.

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Sphinx Member since:
2005-07-09

Noticed that too, I had to emerge vim after I untarred portage to avoid it.

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FunkyELF Member since:
2006-07-26

I would never want to install Gentoo from a command line on the computer I was installing it on.
The first time I installed Gentoo I booted the CD, started an SSH daemon, went on another computer and ssh'd in so that I could use the browser on the other computer.

After that installation, the next time I installed Gentoo I used a knoppix live CD. This way I could work directly on it and use a web browser.

Now that it has a graphical live environment I use that CD and don't have to worry about anything.

I wasn't about to page through a guide using 'more' or 'less' and I wasn't about to print out the install documentation.

The only way, for me anyway, to install Gentoo is to use a web browser whether it is on their live CD, a different live CD or another computer.

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