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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:59 pm    Post subject: Installing without Live CD Reply with quote

First of all, this is my first post, so hi :)

More importantly, I have a question about the Gentoo installation process: Is there any reason why I can't use my currently-installed operating system (Ubuntu 11.10) to do at least some of the Gentoo installation, as opposed to using the Live CD? I have no trouble with command lines (and indeed once used a commandline-only FreeBSD installation), but it would save me buying more blank CDs :P

Thanks in advance,

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome TylerGriffiths!

Gentoo can be installed from any more or less recent Linux system or CD/DVD.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, no reason at all. :)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are welcome!

If you want to use the whole hard drive your Ubuntu install CD can be used to install Gentoo.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, out of interest, how do I do the
Code:
time emerge gentoo-sources

bit without using Gentoo itself? Does the extracted stage3 archive work as a bootable operating system (excuse my n00bness)

Also, what about the chrooting part? (what is it, anyway?)
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TylerGriffiths wrote:
Also, out of interest, how do I do the
Code:
time emerge gentoo-sources

bit without using Gentoo itself? Does the extracted stage3 archive work as a bootable operating system (excuse my n00bness)

Also, what about the chrooting part? (what is it, anyway?)


Once you copy and uncompressed the stage 3 tarball, you have a mini, working, but currently non-bootable gentoo install. When you chroot into it (which litterally means change root), you are changing your working environment to your new gentoo install, so all the commands that are in /bin, /sbin, etc in the /months/gentoo partition, you can use just as if you had rebooted into that partition.
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