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48<p>To install from the build CD, you will need to have a 486+ processor and 48<p>To install from the build CD, you will need to have a 486+ processor and
49ideally at least 64 Megabytes of RAM. (Gentoo linux has been successfully 49ideally at least 64 Megabytes of RAM. (Gentoo linux has been successfully
50built with 64MB of RAM + 64MB of swap space, but the build process is awfully 50built with 64MB of RAM + 64MB of swap space, but the build process is awfully
51slow under those conditions.)</p> 51slow under those conditions.)</p>
52 52
53<p>Gentoo Linux can be installed using one of three "stage" tarball files. The 53<p>Gentoo Linux can be installed using one of three "stage" tarball files. The
54one you choose depends on how much of the system you want to compile yourself. 54one you choose depends on how much of the system you want to compile yourself.
55The stage1 tarball is used when one wants to bootstrap and build the entire 55The stage1 tarball is used when one wants to bootstrap and build the entire
56system from scratch. The stage2 tarball is used for building the entire system 56system from scratch. The stage2 tarball is used for building the entire system
57from scratch, except for the bootstrap part which is already performed for you. 57from scratch, except for the bootstrap part which is already performed for you.
58And the stage3 tarball already contains a basic Gentoo Linux system that has 58And the stage3 tarball already contains a basic Gentoo Linux system that has
59been optimized for your system.</p> 59been optimized for your system.</p>
60 60
61<p> So, how does one beging the install process? First, you'll want to decide 61<p> So, how does one beging the install process? First, you'll want to decide
62which one of our LiveCD ISO images to grab from 62which one of our LiveCD ISO images to grab from
63<uri>http://www.ibiblio.org/gentoo/releases/1.4_rc2/livecd/</uri>. These are 63<uri>http://www.ibiblio.org/gentoo/releases/1.4_rc2/</uri>.
64In this directory, you'll see several subdirectories such as <c>athlon</c>
65for each of our various architecture-specific builds. Inside each of these directories,
66you'll find a <path>livecd/</path> directory that contains LiveCDs. While these LiveCDs
67will boot on any architecture, the install-related tarballs are optimized for a particular
68CPU type and will not work on all systems.
69</p>
70<p>
71The LiveCDs are
64full CD images that should be burned to a CDR or CD-RW using CD burning 72full CD images that should be burned to a CDR or CD-RW using CD burning
65software. Currently, we have two types of LiveCDs. The first carries the 73software. Currently, we have two types of LiveCDs. The first carries the
66"gentoo-basic" label, and is approximately 40MB in size. This LiveCD is of 74"gentoo-basic" label, and is approximately 40MB in size. This LiveCD is of
67minimal size to allow for a initial quick download and contains a stage1 75minimal size to allow for a initial quick download and contains a stage1
68tarball that can be found in <path>/mnt/cdrom/gentoo/</path> after the CD has 76tarball that can be found in <path>/mnt/cdrom/gentoo/</path> after the CD has
69been booted.</p> 77been booted.</p>
70 78
71<p>The second flavor of LiveCD we currently offer is labelled "livecd-grp." 79<p>The second flavor of LiveCD we currently offer is labelled "livecd-grp."
72These CDs contain stage1, 2 and 3 tarballs, and also contain a set of GRP 80These CDs contain stage1, 2 and 3 tarballs, and also contain a set of GRP
73packages optimized for a specific architecture. Using these LiveCDs, it will be 81packages optimized for a specific architecture. Using these LiveCDs, it will be
74possible for you to install a fully-functional Gentoo Linux system very 82possible for you to install a fully-functional Gentoo Linux system very
75quickly. The downside is that these ISO images are large -- around 600MB -- so 83quickly. The downside is that these ISO images are large -- around 600MB -- so
76they can take a while to download.</p> 84they can take a while to download.</p>
77 85
78<info>If for some reason your install gets interrupted at some point, you can reboot 86<info>If for some reason your install gets interrupted at some point, you can reboot

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