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9<sections> 9<sections>
10<section> 10<section>
11<title>Hardware Requirements</title> 11<title>Hardware Requirements</title>
12<subsection> 12<subsection>
13<title>Introduction</title> 13<title>Introduction</title>
14<body> 14<body>
15 15
16<p> 16<p>
17Before we start, we first list what hardware requirements you need to 17Before we start, we first list what hardware requirements you need to
18successfully install Gentoo on your box. This of course depends on your 18successfully install Gentoo on your box. This of course depends on your
19architecture. 19architecture.
20</p> 20</p>
21 21
22</body> 22</body>
85</p> 85</p>
86 86
87<p> 87<p>
88Now what stage do you have to choose? 88Now what stage do you have to choose?
89</p> 89</p>
90 90
91<p> 91<p>
92Starting from a <e>stage1</e> allows you to have total control over the 92Starting from a <e>stage1</e> allows you to have total control over the
93optimization settings and optional build-time functionality that is 93optimization settings and optional build-time functionality that is
94initially enabled on your system. This makes <e>stage1</e> installs good for 94initially enabled on your system. This makes <e>stage1</e> installs good for
95power users who know what they are doing. It is also a great 95power users who know what they are doing. It is also a great
96installation method for those who would like to know more about the 96installation method for those who would like to know more about the
97inner workings of Gentoo Linux. 97inner workings of Gentoo Linux.
98</p> 98</p>
99 99
100<p>
101A <e>stage1</e> installation can only be performed when you have a working
102Internet connection.
103</p>
104
100<table> 105<table>
101<tr> 106<tr>
102 <th>Stage1</th> 107 <th>Stage1</th>
103 <th>Pros and Cons</th> 108 <th>Pros and Cons</th>
104</tr> 109</tr>
105<tr> 110<tr>
106 <th>+</th> 111 <th>+</th>
107 <ti> 112 <ti>
108 Allows you to have total control over the optimization settings and optional 113 Allows you to have total control over the optimization settings and optional
109 build-time functionality that is initially enabled on your system 114 build-time functionality that is initially enabled on your system
110 </ti> 115 </ti>
111</tr> 116</tr>
112<tr> 117<tr>
113 <th>+</th> 118 <th>+</th>
114 <ti>Suitable for powerusers that know what they are doing</ti> 119 <ti>Suitable for powerusers that know what they are doing</ti>
115</tr> 120</tr>
116<tr> 121<tr>
117 <th>+</th> 122 <th>+</th>
118 <ti>Allows you to learn more about the inner workings of Gentoo</ti> 123 <ti>Allows you to learn more about the inner workings of Gentoo</ti>
119</tr> 124</tr>
120<tr> 125<tr>
121 <th>-</th> 126 <th>-</th>
122 <ti>Takes a long time to finish the installation</ti> 127 <ti>Takes a long time to finish the installation</ti>
123</tr> 128</tr>
124<tr> 129<tr>
125 <th>-</th> 130 <th>-</th>
126 <ti> 131 <ti>
127 If you don't intend to tweak the settings, it is probably a waste of time 132 If you don't intend to tweak the settings, it is probably a waste of time
128 </ti> 133 </ti>
129</tr> 134</tr>
135<tr>
136 <th>-</th>
137 <ti>
138 Not suitable for networkless installations
139 </ti>
140</tr>
130</table> 141</table>
131 142
132<p> 143<p>
133<e>Stage2</e> installs allow you to skip the bootstrap process and doing this 144<e>Stage2</e> installs allow you to skip the bootstrap process and doing this
134is fine if you are happy with the optimization settings that we chose 145is fine if you are happy with the optimization settings that we chose
135for your particular <e>stage2</e> tarball. 146for your particular <e>stage2</e> tarball.
136</p> 147</p>
137 148
149<p>
150A <e>stage2</e> installation can only be performed when you have a working
151Internet connection.
152</p>
153
138<table> 154<table>
139<tr> 155<tr>
140 <th>Stage2</th> 156 <th>Stage2</th>
141 <th>Pros and Cons</th> 157 <th>Pros and Cons</th>
142</tr> 158</tr>
143<tr> 159<tr>
144 <th>+</th> 160 <th>+</th>
145 <ti>You don't need to bootstrap</ti> 161 <ti>You don't need to bootstrap</ti>
146</tr> 162</tr>
147<tr> 163<tr>
148 <th>+</th> 164 <th>+</th>
149 <ti>Faster than starting with stage1</ti> 165 <ti>Faster than starting with stage1</ti>
150</tr> 166</tr>
151<tr> 167<tr>
152 <th>+</th> 168 <th>+</th>
153 <ti>You can still tweak your settings</ti> 169 <ti>You can still tweak your settings</ti>
154</tr> 170</tr>
155<tr> 171<tr>
156 <th>-</th> 172 <th>-</th>
157 <ti>You cannot tweak as much as with a stage1</ti> 173 <ti>You cannot tweak as much as with a stage1</ti>
158</tr> 174</tr>
159<tr> 175<tr>
160 <th>-</th> 176 <th>-</th>
161 <ti>It's not the fastest way to install Gentoo</ti> 177 <ti>It's not the fastest way to install Gentoo</ti>
162</tr> 178</tr>
163<tr> 179<tr>
164 <th>-</th> 180 <th>-</th>
165 <ti>You have to accept the optimizations we chose for the bootstrap</ti> 181 <ti>You have to accept the optimizations we chose for the bootstrap</ti>
182</tr>
183<tr>
184 <th>-</th>
185 <ti>
186 Not suitable for networkless installations
187 </ti>
166</tr> 188</tr>
167</table> 189</table>
168 190
169<p> 191<p>
170Choosing to go with a <e>stage3</e> allows for the fastest install of Gentoo 192Choosing to go with a <e>stage3</e> allows for the fastest install of Gentoo
171Linux, but also means that your base system will have the optimization 193Linux, but also means that your base system will have the optimization
172settings that we chose for you (which to be honest, are good settings 194settings that we chose for you (which to be honest, are good settings
173and were carefully chosen to enhance performance while maintaining 195and were carefully chosen to enhance performance while maintaining
174stability). <e>stage3</e> is also required if you want to install Gentoo using 196stability). <e>stage3</e> is also required if you want to install Gentoo using
175prebuilt packages or without a network connection. 197prebuilt packages or without a network connection.
176</p> 198</p>
177 199
178<table> 200<table>
179<tr> 201<tr>
180 <th>Stage3</th> 202 <th>Stage3</th>
181 <th>Pros and Cons</th> 203 <th>Pros and Cons</th>
182</tr> 204</tr>
183<tr> 205<tr>
184 <th>+</th> 206 <th>+</th>
185 <ti>Fastest way to get a Gentoo base system</ti> 207 <ti>Fastest way to get a Gentoo base system</ti>
208</tr>
209<tr>
210 <th>+</th>
211 <ti>Suitable for networkless installations</ti>
186</tr> 212</tr>
187<tr> 213<tr>
188 <th>-</th> 214 <th>-</th>
189 <ti>You cannot tweak the base system - it's built already</ti> 215 <ti>You cannot tweak the base system - it's built already</ti>
190</tr> 216</tr>
191<tr> 217<tr>
192 <th>-</th> 218 <th>-</th>
193 <ti>You cannot brag about having used stage1 or stage2</ti> 219 <ti>You cannot brag about having used stage1 or stage2</ti>
194</tr> 220</tr>
195</table> 221</table>
196 222
197<p> 223<p>
198Write down (or remember) what stage you want to use. You need this later when 224Write down (or remember) what stage you want to use. You need this later when
199you decide what LiveCD (or other installation medium) you want to use. You might 225you decide what LiveCD (or other installation medium) you want to use. You might
200be interested to know that, if you decide to use different optimization settings 226be interested to know that, if you decide to use different optimization settings

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