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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>
95</p> 95</p>
96 96
97<p> 97<p>
98Now what stage do you have to choose? 98Now what stage do you have to choose?
99</p> 99</p>
100 100
101<p> 101<p>
102Starting from a <e>stage1</e> allows you to have total control over the 102Starting from a <e>stage1</e> allows you to have total control over the
103optimization settings and optional build-time functionality that is 103optimization settings and optional build-time functionality that is
104initially enabled on your system. This makes <e>stage1</e> installs good for 104initially enabled on your system. This makes <e>stage1</e> installs good for
105power users who know what they are doing. It is also a great 105power users who know what they are doing. It is also a great
106installation method for those who would like to know more about the 106installation method for those who would like to know more about the
107inner workings of Gentoo Linux. 107inner workings of Gentoo Linux.
108</p> 108</p>
109 109
110<p>
111A <e>stage1</e> installation can only be performed when you have a working
112Internet connection.
113</p>
114
110<table> 115<table>
111<tr> 116<tr>
112 <th>Stage1</th> 117 <th>Stage1</th>
113 <th>Pros and Cons</th> 118 <th>Pros and Cons</th>
114</tr> 119</tr>
115<tr> 120<tr>
116 <th>+</th> 121 <th>+</th>
117 <ti> 122 <ti>
118 Allows you to have total control over the optimization settings and optional 123 Allows you to have total control over the optimization settings and optional
119 build-time functionality that is initially enabled on your system 124 build-time functionality that is initially enabled on your system
120 </ti> 125 </ti>
121</tr> 126</tr>
122<tr> 127<tr>
123 <th>+</th> 128 <th>+</th>
124 <ti>Suitable for powerusers that know what they are doing</ti> 129 <ti>Suitable for powerusers that know what they are doing</ti>
125</tr> 130</tr>
126<tr> 131<tr>
127 <th>+</th> 132 <th>+</th>
128 <ti>Allows you to learn more about the inner workings of Gentoo</ti> 133 <ti>Allows you to learn more about the inner workings of Gentoo</ti>
129</tr> 134</tr>
130<tr> 135<tr>
131 <th>-</th> 136 <th>-</th>
132 <ti>Takes a long time to finish the installation</ti> 137 <ti>Takes a long time to finish the installation</ti>
133</tr> 138</tr>
134<tr> 139<tr>
135 <th>-</th> 140 <th>-</th>
136 <ti> 141 <ti>
137 If you don't intend to tweak the settings, it is probably a waste of time 142 If you don't intend to tweak the settings, it is probably a waste of time
143 </ti>
144</tr>
145<tr>
146 <th>-</th>
147 <ti>
148 Not suitable for networkless installations
138 </ti> 149 </ti>
139</tr> 150</tr>
140</table> 151</table>
141 152
142<p> 153<p>
143<e>Stage2</e> installs allow you to skip the bootstrap process and doing this 154<e>Stage2</e> installs allow you to skip the bootstrap process and doing this
144is fine if you are happy with the optimization settings that we chose 155is fine if you are happy with the optimization settings that we chose
145for your particular <e>stage2</e> tarball. 156for your particular <e>stage2</e> tarball.
146</p> 157</p>
147 158
159<p>
160A <e>stage2</e> installation can only be performed when you have a working
161Internet connection.
162</p>
163
148<table> 164<table>
149<tr> 165<tr>
150 <th>Stage2</th> 166 <th>Stage2</th>
151 <th>Pros and Cons</th> 167 <th>Pros and Cons</th>
152</tr> 168</tr>
153<tr> 169<tr>
154 <th>+</th> 170 <th>+</th>
155 <ti>You don't need to bootstrap</ti> 171 <ti>You don't need to bootstrap</ti>
156</tr> 172</tr>
157<tr> 173<tr>
158 <th>+</th> 174 <th>+</th>
159 <ti>Faster than starting with stage1</ti> 175 <ti>Faster than starting with stage1</ti>
160</tr> 176</tr>
161<tr> 177<tr>
162 <th>+</th> 178 <th>+</th>
163 <ti>You can still tweak your settings</ti> 179 <ti>You can still tweak your settings</ti>
164</tr> 180</tr>
165<tr> 181<tr>
166 <th>-</th> 182 <th>-</th>
167 <ti>You cannot tweak as much as with a stage1</ti> 183 <ti>You cannot tweak as much as with a stage1</ti>
168</tr> 184</tr>
169<tr> 185<tr>
170 <th>-</th> 186 <th>-</th>
171 <ti>It's not the fastest way to install Gentoo</ti> 187 <ti>It's not the fastest way to install Gentoo</ti>
172</tr> 188</tr>
173<tr> 189<tr>
174 <th>-</th> 190 <th>-</th>
175 <ti>You have to accept the optimizations we chose for the bootstrap</ti> 191 <ti>You have to accept the optimizations we chose for the bootstrap</ti>
192</tr>
193<tr>
194 <th>-</th>
195 <ti>
196 Not suitable for networkless installations
197 </ti>
176</tr> 198</tr>
177</table> 199</table>
178 200
179<p> 201<p>
180Choosing to go with a <e>stage3</e> allows for the fastest install of Gentoo 202Choosing to go with a <e>stage3</e> allows for the fastest install of Gentoo
181Linux, but also means that your base system will have the optimization 203Linux, but also means that your base system will have the optimization
182settings that we chose for you (which to be honest, are good settings 204settings that we chose for you (which to be honest, are good settings
183and were carefully chosen to enhance performance while maintaining 205and were carefully chosen to enhance performance while maintaining
184stability). <e>stage3</e> is also required if you want to install Gentoo using 206stability). <e>stage3</e> is also required if you want to install Gentoo using
185prebuilt packages or without a network connection. 207prebuilt packages or without a network connection.
186</p> 208</p>
187 209
188<table> 210<table>
189<tr> 211<tr>
190 <th>Stage3</th> 212 <th>Stage3</th>
191 <th>Pros and Cons</th> 213 <th>Pros and Cons</th>
192</tr> 214</tr>
193<tr> 215<tr>
194 <th>+</th> 216 <th>+</th>
195 <ti>Fastest way to get a Gentoo base system</ti> 217 <ti>Fastest way to get a Gentoo base system</ti>
218</tr>
219<tr>
220 <th>+</th>
221 <ti>Suitable for networkless installations</ti>
196</tr> 222</tr>
197<tr> 223<tr>
198 <th>-</th> 224 <th>-</th>
199 <ti>You cannot tweak the base system - it's built already</ti> 225 <ti>You cannot tweak the base system - it's built already</ti>
200</tr> 226</tr>
201<tr> 227<tr>
202 <th>-</th> 228 <th>-</th>
203 <ti>You cannot brag about having used stage1 or stage2</ti> 229 <ti>You cannot brag about having used stage1 or stage2</ti>
204</tr> 230</tr>
205</table> 231</table>
206 232
207<p> 233<p>
208Write down (or remember) what stage you want to use. You need this later when 234Write down (or remember) what stage you want to use. You need this later when
209you decide what LiveCD (or other installation medium) you want to use. You might 235you decide what LiveCD (or other installation medium) you want to use. You might
210be interested to know that, if you decide to use different optimization settings 236be interested to know that, if you decide to use different optimization settings

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