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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:09 pm    Post subject: which version of gentoo should i start with?(noob, sry) Reply with quote

hey, im pretty new to gentoo. ive never runan install on my new amd 3500+. which version of the 2005 install should i use? x86? amd64? i want to run everything with ease, and i want to try and do a fair amount of gaming. i know im new to linux and all, but i figure the best way to learn is just to jump in and make a fool out of myself lol


and also, how would i go about installing it while keeping my current windows install intact? im not the only one that uses my computer, and my mom wouldnt know what the hell happened lol
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have an AMD64 CPU then use the amd64 image. Simple as that.

You will want to resize your Windows partition to make room for the Linux partitions. When it comes to installing the boot loader you can set it up to boot Windows by default and only boot Linux if you actively tell it to.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

parkus,

However you install it, there is really only one version of gentoo.
As soon as you do
Code:
emerge sync
emerge -uD world
you have the latest as you have configured it for yourself.

x86 is probably the best tested but amd64 will make the most of your hardware.
Its not as well proven, so you are more likely to have problems.
You mentioned games. If you go amd64 make sure the games you want to run have 64 bit versions.
You can run 32 bit code on an amd64 install but its an extra complication.

The only reason a noob should start with Gentoo is for the learning experiance. Be prepared to spend a week on the install if you have problems. If you are too impatient, start with Fedora or another binary distro. Gentoo is about choice, until you have used Linux for a while, in many cases you won't know what to choose.
If you partition you hard drive to accomodate several installs, you can have several distros installed at the same time and pick one at boot.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks a bunch, im just gonna grind it out, and choose and see what works best
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

parkus,

Thats a good choice - you will find plenty of help and almost no RTFM replies here.
You may well be pointed to the man page for finer points though.

Good luck - post back with any problems.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeddySeagoon wrote:
However you install it, there is really only one version of gentoo.
As soon as you do
Code:
emerge sync
emerge -uD world
you have the latest as you have configured it for yourself.


This is true, but slightly less true in this case.

While you might be able to go from a amd64 to a x86, and back, this will be hard. Hard as in cross-compiling ^^

I'd recommend the amd64 version, though. Its what I use, and it is rather stable.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chaosite,

Its all the same source code base ...
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