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1 <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
2 <!DOCTYPE book SYSTEM "/dtd/book.dtd">
3
4 <!-- $Header: /home/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/handbook/handbook-alpha.xml,v 1.15 2004/04/25 17:18:10 swift Exp $ -->
5
6 <book link="handbook-alpha.xml">
7 <title>Gentoo Linux/Alpha Handbook</title>
8
9 <author title="Chief Architect">
10 <mail link="drobbins@gentoo.org">Daniel Robbins</mail>
11 </author>
12 <author title="Author">
13 <mail link="swift@gentoo.org">Sven Vermeulen</mail>
14 </author>
15 <author title="Author">
16 <mail link="chouser@gentoo.org">Chris Houser</mail>
17 </author>
18 <author title="Author">
19 <mail link="jerry@gentoo.org">Jerry Alexandratos</mail>
20 </author>
21 <author title="Gentoo x86 Developer">
22 <mail link="seemant@gentoo.org">Seemant Kulleen</mail>
23 </author>
24 <author title="Gentoo Alpha Developer">
25 <mail link="taviso@gentoo.org">Tavis Ormandy</mail>
26 </author>
27 <author title="Gentoo Alpha Developer">
28 <mail link="agriffis@gentoo.org">Aron Griffis</mail>
29 </author>
30 <author title="Gentoo AMD64 Developer">
31 <mail link="brad_mssw@gentoo.org">Brad House</mail>
32 </author>
33 <author title="Gentoo HPPA developer">
34 <mail link="gmsoft@gentoo.org">Guy Martin</mail>
35 </author>
36 <author title="Gentoo PPC developer">
37 <mail link="pvdabeel@gentoo.org">Pieter Van den Abeele</mail>
38 </author>
39 <author title="Gentoo SPARC developer">
40 <mail link="blademan@gentoo.org">Joe Kallar</mail>
41 </author>
42 <author title="Editor">
43 <mail link="zhen@gentoo.org">John P. Davis</mail>
44 </author>
45 <author title="Editor">Pierre-Henri Jondot</author>
46 <author title="Editor">
47 <mail link="stocke2@gentoo.org">Eric Stockbridge</mail>
48 </author>
49 <author title="Editor">
50 <mail link="rajiv@gentoo.org">Rajiv Manglani</mail>
51 </author>
52 <author title="Editor">
53 <mail link="seo@gentoo.org">Jungmin Seo</mail>
54 </author>
55 <author title="Editor">
56 <mail link="zhware@gentoo.org">Stoyan Zhekov</mail>
57 </author>
58 <author title="Editor">
59 <mail link="jhhudso@gentoo.org">Jared Hudson</mail>
60 </author>
61 <author title="Editor">
62 <mail link="peitolm@gentoo.org">Colin Morey</mail>
63 </author>
64 <author title="Editor">
65 <mail link="peesh@gentoo.org">Jorge Paulo</mail>
66 </author>
67 <author title="Editor">
68 <mail link="carl@gentoo.org">Carl Anderson</mail>
69 </author>
70 <author title="Editor">
71 <mail link="avenj@gentoo.org">Jon Portnoy</mail>
72 </author>
73 <author title="Editor">
74 <mail link="klasikahl@gentoo.org">Zack Gilburd</mail>
75 </author>
76 <author title="Editor">
77 <mail link="jmorgan@gentoo.org">Jack Morgan</mail>
78 </author>
79 <author title="Editor">
80 <mail link="bennyc@gentoo.org">Benny Chuang</mail>
81 </author>
82 <author title="Editor">
83 <mail link="erwin@gentoo.org">Erwin</mail>
84 </author>
85 <author title="Editor">
86 <mail link="kumba@gentoo.org">Joshua Kinard</mail>
87 </author>
88 <author title="Reviewer">
89 <mail link="g2boojum@gentoo.org">Grant Goodyear</mail>
90 </author>
91 <author title="Reviewer">
92 <mail link="gerrynjr@gentoo.org">Gerald J. Normandin Jr.</mail>
93 </author>
94 <author title="Reviewer">
95 <mail link="spyderous@gentoo.org">Donnie Berkholz</mail>
96 </author>
97 <author title="Reviewer">
98 <mail link="antifa@gentoo.org">Ken Nowack</mail>
99 </author>
100 <author title="Contributor">
101 <mail link="pylon@gentoo.org">Lars Weiler</mail>
102 </author>
103
104 <abstract>
105 This is the Gentoo Handbook, an effort to centralise Gentoo/Linux
106 information.
107 </abstract>
108
109 <!-- The content of this document is licensed under the CC-BY-SA license -->
110 <!-- See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0 -->
111 <license/>
112
113 <version>2.14</version>
114 <date>April 30, 2004</date>
115
116 <part>
117 <title>Installing Gentoo</title>
118 <abstract>
119 In this part you learn how to install Gentoo on your system.
120 </abstract>
121
122 <chapter>
123 <title>About the Gentoo Linux Installation</title>
124 <abstract>
125 Users not familiar with Gentoo do not always know that choice is what
126 Gentoo is all about.
127 </abstract>
128 <include href="hb-install-about.xml"/>
129 </chapter>
130
131 <chapter>
132 <title>Choosing the Right Installation Medium</title>
133 <abstract>
134 You can install Gentoo in many ways. In this chapter we explain how to install
135 Gentoo using a Gentoo LiveCD.
136 </abstract>
137 <include href="hb-install-alpha-medium.xml"/>
138 </chapter>
139
140 <chapter>
141 <title>Configuring your Network</title>
142 <abstract>
143 If you want to install Gentoo using the Internet, you need to setup
144 networking.
145 </abstract>
146 <include href="hb-install-network.xml"/>
147 </chapter>
148
149 <chapter>
150 <title>Preparing the Disks</title>
151 <abstract>
152 To be able to install Gentoo, you must create the necessary partitions.
153 This chapter describes how to partition a disk for future usage.
154 </abstract>
155 <include href="hb-install-alpha-disk.xml"/>
156 </chapter>
157
158 <chapter>
159 <title>Installing the Gentoo Installation Files</title>
160 <abstract>
161 Gentoo installs work through socalled stage-files. In this chapter we
162 describe how you extract a stage-file and configure Portage.
163 </abstract>
164 <include href="hb-install-stage.xml"/>
165 </chapter>
166
167 <chapter>
168 <title>Installing the Gentoo Base System</title>
169 <abstract>
170 Independent of what stage you chose, the eventual result is that you
171 have a Gentoo base system at your disposal. This chapter describes how
172 to progress to that stadium.
173 </abstract>
174 <include href="hb-install-system.xml"/>
175 </chapter>
176
177 <chapter>
178 <title>Configuring the Kernel</title>
179 <abstract>
180 The Linux kernel is the core of every distribution. This chapter
181 explains how to configure your kernel.
182 </abstract>
183 <include href="hb-install-alpha-kernel.xml"/>
184 </chapter>
185
186 <chapter>
187 <title>Configuring your System</title>
188 <abstract>
189 You need to edit some important configuration files. In this chapter
190 you receive an overview of these files and an explanation on how to
191 proceed.
192 </abstract>
193 <include href="hb-install-config.xml"/>
194 </chapter>
195
196 <chapter>
197 <title>Configuring the Bootloader</title>
198 <abstract>
199 Several bootloaders exist. Each one of them has its own way of
200 configuration. In this chapter we'll describe all possibilities for you
201 and step you through the process of configuring a bootloader to your
202 needs.
203 </abstract>
204 <include href="hb-install-alpha-bootloader.xml"/>
205 </chapter>
206
207 <chapter>
208 <title>Installing Necessary System Tools</title>
209 <abstract>
210 As mentioned before, Gentoo is about choices. In this chapter we help you
211 choose and install some important tools.
212 </abstract>
213 <include href="hb-install-tools.xml"/>
214 </chapter>
215
216 <chapter>
217 <title>Finalizing your Gentoo Installation</title>
218 <abstract>
219 You're almost done. We'll just create one (or more) users for your
220 system and leave the installation to reboot into a brand new Gentoo
221 system.
222 </abstract>
223 <include href="hb-install-finalise.xml"/>
224 </chapter>
225
226 <chapter>
227 <title>Where to go from here?</title>
228 <abstract>
229 Now you have your Gentoo system, but what's next?
230 </abstract>
231 <include href="hb-install-next.xml"/>
232 </chapter>
233 </part>
234
235 <part>
236 <title>Working with Gentoo</title>
237 <abstract>
238 Learn how to work with Gentoo: installing software, altering variables, changing
239 portage behaviour etc.
240 </abstract>
241
242 <chapter>
243 <title>USE flags</title>
244 <abstract>
245 USE-flags are a very important aspect of Gentoo. In this chapter, you learn to
246 work with USE-flags and understand how USE-flags interact with your system.
247 </abstract>
248 <include href="hb-working-use.xml"/>
249 </chapter>
250
251 <chapter>
252 <title>Portage and Software</title>
253 <abstract>
254 The main reason for portage is to maintain the software on your system. In this
255 chapter you learn how to get information from a package, update your package
256 database, install/remove/update software and more...
257 </abstract>
258 <include href="hb-working-portage.xml"/>
259 </chapter>
260
261 <chapter>
262 <title>Portage Features</title>
263 <abstract>
264 Gentoo's Portage allows for several features that improve portage-related
265 aspects, such as build time. This chapter explains the existing features.
266 </abstract>
267 <include href="hb-working-features.xml"/>
268 </chapter>
269
270 <chapter>
271 <title>Controlling Portage Behaviour</title>
272 <abstract>
273 You can tweak Portage to your own needs/environment. Learn how to protect files,
274 select mirrors, change directory locations and more.
275 </abstract>
276 <include href="hb-working-behaviour.xml"/>
277 </chapter>
278
279 <chapter>
280 <title>Initscripts</title>
281 <abstract>
282 Gentoo uses a special initscript format which, amongst other features, allows
283 dependency-driven decisions and virtual initscripts. This chapter explains all
284 these aspects and explains how to deal with these scripts.
285 </abstract>
286 <include href="hb-working-rcscripts.xml"/>
287 </chapter>
288
289 <chapter>
290 <title>Environment Variables</title>
291 <abstract>
292 With Gentoo you can easily manage the environment variables for your system.
293 This chapter explains how you do that, and also describes frequently used
294 variables.
295 </abstract>
296 <include href="hb-working-variables.xml"/>
297 </chapter>
298 </part>
299
300 </book>

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