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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Navar wrote:
Get familiar with UEFI (particularly GUID/GPT) vs a traditional BIOS if installing on newer hardware.


I am not sure what this means. I see the BIOS screen when starting my laptop and pressing F2 and then use it to launch the CD, but I don't exactly know what it is. I certainly don't know what UEFI is, but if I am getting totally new hardware, I suppose I then should?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wiki, google, a gentoo oriented wiki and yet another gentoo wiki etc. and even searching here, e.g., http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-938648-start-0.html.

I'll be dealing with it (I haven't dealt with EFI or a full move to 64 bit in general yet) soon on 2 newer systems I'm building but I'm expecting headaches particularly since the first build using a Gigabyte motherboard will probably be a hybrid variety.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, on my brand new intel motherboard(Intel DZ77BH55K), it's a UEFI motherboard, but I can still use the boot legacy mode.

So I did a classic Gentoo installation without any problems.

If you want to try to use UEFI, I recommend to install Gentoo with the latest SystemRescueCD, because it can boot in UEFI mode.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John R. Graham wrote:
NYCosmos, Welcome to Gentoo. :)

You've included a key phrase in your question: "...if they're willing to put in the effort." With that caveat, the answer is, "Yes!" ..... Start with the Gentoo Handbook and, once you have a basic console only install running, check out the Gentoo Desktop Documentation Resources. In general, Gentoo's documentation is excellent......


Also read the Linux Sea book online or download the pdf. I found it very helpful. "The book "Linux Sea" offers a gentle yet technical (from end-user perspective) introduction to the Linux operating system, using Gentoo Linux as the example Linux distribution."
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