[Klug-general] Baffled by Kxbxnxu nxtxoxkxnx Gentoo

james morris james at jwm-art.net
Thu Feb 4 12:32:16 UTC 2010

On 4/2/2010, "George Prowse" <george.prowse at gmail.com> wrote:

>On 04/02/2010 09:28, james morris wrote:
>> On 3/2/2010, "George Prowse"<george.prowse at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> On 03/02/2010 14:00, Dan Attwood wrote:
>>>> don't worry it should be nowhere near as complicated as that. In fact
>>>> there are very few people that bother fiddling with the kernel now a days
>>> You'd be surprised at how often helper apps fuck up and then it's me
>>> laughing at everyone else because i can actually get it running without
>>> network-manager :D
>>> Gentoo may have a learning curve but it teaches you all you need to know
>>> about your system without having to ./configure, make, make install
>>> everything
>> I started installing Gentoo early yesterday evening. I cheated on the
>> kernel and used genkernel to build a hardware-detecting version (with a
>> slow boot time).
>> Before bed, my system could not boot anything (wrong root=(hdn,n)) and
>> the grub screen looked like fuzzy snow (should not have told it to load
>> a splash image when I'd not configured grub for gfx).
>> This morning I fixed that and tried to load up the handbook in links2 to
>> see what's next. No installed browser. Still in console mode only.
>> emerge links2 and 53 other random packages which have now installed
>> themselves and I've no clue what - other than things like alsa (useful
>> I admit) and a sprinkling of X libs. Pity I forgot that links2 has an X
>> mode. Should have stuck with lynx.
>> The Gentoo handbook is now hanging half out the window and getting wet in
>> the rain.
>> Fun!
>> james
>Packages will be installed depending on your USE flags (and obviously
>the packages they depend on).
>Until you install a GUI you won't have one. That means installing X.
>Just a tip, installing something small like openbox and fluxbox is the
>best way to go, just remember to add whatever wm you choose to .xinitrc
>so it starts it when you startx.
>Once you have xorg and your small window manager you can install your
>KDE or GNOME or whatever, i just find it useful to have a working system
>while that installs.
>Here are some essential links for you:
>All of those are at http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/list.xml?desc=1

i'm near giving up, but then decided to just try muddling through
emerging stuff i want and let it get on with it and hope any
misconfigurations can be fixed later.

gentoo is a nightmare to setup, but the way i'm downloading & building
source in debian testing is a nightmare to maintain.


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