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Archives for: December 2003


06:28:44 pm Permalink Gentoo Re-visited

Categories: Linux, Gentoo

OK, so I chickened out and downloaded some 'pre-built' Pentium III ISOs for Gentoo, re-formatted drives and started again. This time I got a useable system up and running (PCMCIA WiFi card automatically detected and configured), then I stole this XF86Config file and had X up and running. Built Gnome (by entering 'USE="bindist" emerge -k gnome' - easy) and got it to boot into that by enabling the GDM service on boot. Enabling services is done through the 'rc-update' command, which is way easier than all the messing around with run levels on Red Hat, but I also miss all those handy graphical setup utilities that you get by default in RH.

Now to install applications, which is a bit on the slow side. Managed to get ALSA installed and working, but haven't got XMMS to install yet, also got GIMP installed but Open Office, after spending about 12 hours compiling, crapped out with an error. Having another go with Open Office now (emerge --resume), but I suspect I won't know if it works for a few hours yet. Will have to have another go with XMMS because liteamp doesn't seem to stable to me (managed to crash it by pressing play when there wasn't an item in the playlist).

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10:10:42 pm Permalink Gentoo

Categories: Linux, Gentoo

Decided to give Gentoo a try, since the graphics looked so sexy on the cover disk of a recent Linux magazine. This distro is designed to be compiled from source, the theory being that you end up with a perfectly customised and optimised system. It also has a FreeBSD-style software installation system called portage, since the installation system was one of the things I really liked about FreeBSD I thought it would be worth a go. Also, my laptop, being essentially the same as my work laptop except lower spec, was largely superfluous, so worth experimenting on. Downloaded the 'minimal' live ISO and spent a day following the instructions to get a basic system installed, creating and formatting partitions and building my own kernel and so on. It seemed to go OK apart from being unable to install GRUB (didn't like my BIOS I think), but I got LILO to work. Of course, once I booted it up it was kernel panics left, right and centre as I discovered I'd built modules that were incompatible with the PCMCIA support. Built X and Gnome, but didn't manage to get them running :(

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