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11<version>2.4</version> 11<version>2.5</version>
12<date>2005-09-05</date> 12<date>2005-10-09</date>
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14<section> 14<section>
15<title>Hardware Requirements</title> 15<title>Hardware Requirements</title>
16<subsection> 16<subsection>
17<title>Introduction</title> 17<title>Introduction</title>
107A <e>stage1</e> is used when you want to bootstrap and build the entire system 107A <e>stage1</e> is used when you want to bootstrap and build the entire system
108from scratch. 108from scratch.
109</p> 109</p>
110 110
111<p> 111<p>
112Starting from a stage1 allows you to have total control over the 112This approach builds core system packages that are vital to your system and is
113optimization settings and optional build-time functionality that is 113used by Gentoo developers to prepare the Gentoo release media. It is a great
114initially enabled on your system. This makes <e>stage1</e> installs good for
115power users who know what they are doing. It is also a great
116installation method for those who would like to know more about the 114installation method for those who would like to learn more about the inner
117inner workings of Gentoo Linux. 115workings of bootstrapping, toolchains and the like.
116</p>
117
118<p>
119However, if you do not plan to tweak the bootstrapping instructions in the
120<path>bootstrap.sh</path> script written by the Gentoo developers, then a
121stage1 approach has no benefits for you.
118</p> 122</p>
119 123
120<table> 124<table>
121<tr> 125<tr>
122 <th>Stage1</th> 126 <th>Stage1</th>
123 <th>Pros and Cons</th> 127 <th>Pros and Cons</th>
124</tr> 128</tr>
125<tr> 129<tr>
126 <th>+</th> 130 <th>+</th>
127 <ti> 131 <ti>
128 Allows you to have total control over the optimization settings and optional 132 Allows you to have total control over the installation routine, bootstrap
129 build-time functionality that is initially enabled on your system 133 sequence, etc.
130 </ti> 134 </ti>
131</tr>
132<tr> 135</tr>
133 <th>+</th>
134 <ti>Suitable for powerusers that know what they are doing</ti>
135</tr> 136<tr>
136<tr>
137 <th>+</th> 137 <th>+</th>
138 <ti>Allows you to learn more about the inner workings of Gentoo</ti> 138 <ti>Suitable for powerusers and developers who know what they are doing</ti>
139</tr> 139</tr>
140<tr> 140<tr>
141 <th>-</th> 141 <th>-</th>
142 <ti>Takes a long time to finish the installation</ti> 142 <ti>
143 Takes a long time to finish the installation (it is the lengthiest approach)
144 </ti>
143</tr> 145</tr>
144<tr> 146<tr>
145 <th>-</th> 147 <th>-</th>
146 <ti> 148 <ti>
147 If you don't intend to tweak the settings, it is a waste of time 149 If you don't intend to tweak the settings, it is a waste of time
165A <e>stage2</e> is used for building the entire system from a bootstrapped 167A <e>stage2</e> is used for building the entire system from a bootstrapped
166"semi-compiled" state. 168"semi-compiled" state.
167</p> 169</p>
168 170
169<p> 171<p>
170Stage2 installs allow you to skip the bootstrap process; doing this 172When you perform a stage2 installation approach, you will build all system
171is fine if you are happy with the optimization settings that we chose 173packages (core packages, including toolchain) using your specific <c>USE</c>,
172for your particular stage2 tarball. 174<c>CFLAGS</c> and <c>CXXFLAGS</c> settings. Any package build will therefore be
175optimized to your preference.
176</p>
177
178<p>
179However, this installation takes some time and if you do not intend to change
180the <c>CFLAGS</c> and <c>CXXFLAGS</c> settings that we have defined as a "good
181default", using this approach only makes sense if your <c>USE</c> variable is
182sufficiently different from the default <c>USE</c> we provide.
173</p> 183</p>
174 184
175<table> 185<table>
176<tr> 186<tr>
177 <th>Stage2</th> 187 <th>Stage2</th>
189 <th>+</th> 199 <th>+</th>
190 <ti>You can still tweak your settings</ti> 200 <ti>You can still tweak your settings</ti>
191</tr> 201</tr>
192<tr> 202<tr>
193 <th>-</th> 203 <th>-</th>
194 <ti>You cannot tweak as much as with a stage1</ti> 204 <ti>It's still not the fastest way to install Gentoo</ti>
195</tr> 205</tr>
196<tr> 206<tr>
197 <th>-</th> 207 <th>-</th>
198 <ti>It's still not the fastest way to install Gentoo</ti>
199</tr>
200<tr>
201 <th>-</th>
202 <ti>You have to accept the optimizations we chose for the bootstrap</ti>
203</tr>
204<tr>
205 <th>-</th>
206 <ti> 208 <ti>
207 Requires a working Internet connection during the installation 209 Requires a working Internet connection during the installation
208 </ti> 210 </ti>
209</tr> 211</tr>
210</table> 212</table>
215<title>A Stage3 Approach</title> 217<title>A Stage3 Approach</title>
216<body> 218<body>
217 219
218<p> 220<p>
219A <e>stage3</e> installation contains a basic Gentoo Linux system that has been 221A <e>stage3</e> installation contains a basic Gentoo Linux system that has been
220built for you. You will only need to build a few packages of which we can't 222built for you. You will only need to build a few packages (such as system
221decide for you which one to choose. 223logger, networking tools, ...) before you can boot into a base Gentoo
224installation.
222</p> 225</p>
223 226
224<p> 227<p>
225Choosing to go with a stage3 allows for the fastest install of Gentoo 228Choosing to go with a stage3 allows for the fastest install of Gentoo
226Linux, but also means that your base system will have the optimization 229Linux, but also means that your base system will have the optimization
238<tr> 241<tr>
239 <th>+</th> 242 <th>+</th>
240 <ti>Fastest way to get a Gentoo base system</ti> 243 <ti>Fastest way to get a Gentoo base system</ti>
241</tr> 244</tr>
242<tr> 245<tr>
243 <th>-</th> 246 <th>+</th>
244 <ti>You cannot tweak the base system - it's built already</ti> 247 <ti>
248 You can still tweak your system
249 </ti>
245</tr> 250</tr>
246</table> 251</table>
247 252
248<p> 253<p>
249You might be interested to know that, if you decide to use different 254You might be interested to know that, if you decide to use different
250optimization settings after having installed Gentoo, you will be able to 255optimization settings after having installed Gentoo, you will be able to
251recompile your entire system with the new optimization settings. 256recompile your entire system with the new optimization settings. The same goes
257for any <c>USE</c> flag changes: Portage is intelligent enough to know what
258packages need to be rebuild.
252</p> 259</p>
253 260
254</body> 261</body>
255</subsection> 262</subsection>
256</section> 263</section>
264
257<section> 265<section>
258<title>The Gentoo Installation CDs</title> 266<title>The Gentoo Installation CDs</title>
259<subsection> 267<subsection>
260<title>Introduction</title> 268<title>Introduction</title>
261<body> 269<body>
395that allows you to easily and quickly install additional applications (such as 403that allows you to easily and quickly install additional applications (such as
396OpenOffice.org, KDE, GNOME, ...) immediately after the networkless Gentoo 404OpenOffice.org, KDE, GNOME, ...) immediately after the networkless Gentoo
397installation. 405installation.
398</p> 406</p>
399 407
408<p>
409If you intend to use the Packages CD to quickly install additional software,
410make sure that you use the same subarchitecture as the stage-3 tarball you use.
411</p>
412
400</body> 413</body>
401</subsection> 414</subsection>
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