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8 8
9<sections> 9<sections>
10 10
11<version>2.7</version> 11<version>2.8</version>
12<date>2005-08-25</date> 12<date>2005-10-09</date>
13 13
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>
18<body> 18<body>
19 19
20<p> 20<p>
21Before we start, we first list what hardware requirements you need to 21Before we start, we first list what hardware requirements you need to
22successfully install Gentoo on your box. 22successfully install Gentoo on your box.
23</p> 23</p>
24 24
25</body> 25</body>
26</subsection> 26</subsection>
27<subsection> 27<subsection>
90major advantages and disadvantages of each stage file. 90major advantages and disadvantages of each stage file.
91</p> 91</p>
92 92
93</body> 93</body>
94</subsection> 94</subsection>
95<subsection> 95<subsection>
96<title>A Stage1 Approach</title> 96<title>A Stage1 Approach</title>
97<body> 97<body>
98 98
99<p> 99<p>
100A <e>stage1</e> is used when you want to bootstrap and build the entire system 100A <e>stage1</e> is used when you want to bootstrap and build the entire system
101from scratch. 101from scratch.
102</p> 102</p>
103 103
104<p> 104<p>
105Starting from a stage1 allows you to have total control over the 105This approach builds core system packages that are vital to your system and is
106optimization settings and optional build-time functionality that is 106used by Gentoo developers to prepare the Gentoo release media. It is a great
107initially enabled on your system. This makes <e>stage1</e> installs good for
108power users who know what they are doing. It is also a great
109installation method for those who would like to know more about the 107installation method for those who would like to learn more about the inner
110inner workings of Gentoo Linux. 108workings of bootstrapping, toolchains and the like.
109</p>
110
111<p>
112However, if you do not plan to tweak the bootstrapping instructions in the
113<path>bootstrap.sh</path> script written by the Gentoo developers, then a
114stage1 approach has no benefits for you.
111</p> 115</p>
112 116
113<table> 117<table>
114<tr> 118<tr>
115 <th>Stage1</th> 119 <th>Stage1</th>
116 <th>Pros and Cons</th> 120 <th>Pros and Cons</th>
117</tr> 121</tr>
118<tr> 122<tr>
119 <th>+</th> 123 <th>+</th>
120 <ti> 124 <ti>
121 Allows you to have total control over the optimization settings and optional 125 Allows you to have total control over the installation routine, bootstrap
122 build-time functionality that is initially enabled on your system 126 sequence, etc.
123 </ti> 127 </ti>
124</tr>
125<tr> 128</tr>
126 <th>+</th>
127 <ti>Suitable for powerusers that know what they are doing</ti>
128</tr> 129<tr>
129<tr>
130 <th>+</th> 130 <th>+</th>
131 <ti>Allows you to learn more about the inner workings of Gentoo</ti> 131 <ti>Suitable for powerusers and developers who know what they are doing</ti>
132</tr> 132</tr>
133<tr> 133<tr>
134 <th>-</th> 134 <th>-</th>
135 <ti>Takes a long time to finish the installation</ti> 135 <ti>
136 Takes a long time to finish the installation (it is the lengthiest approach)
137 </ti>
136</tr> 138</tr>
137<tr> 139<tr>
138 <th>-</th> 140 <th>-</th>
139 <ti> 141 <ti>
140 If you don't intend to tweak the settings, it is a waste of time 142 If you don't intend to tweak the settings, it is a waste of time
141 </ti> 143 </ti>
142</tr> 144</tr>
143<tr> 145<tr>
144 <th>-</th> 146 <th>-</th>
145 <ti> 147 <ti>
146 Requires a working Internet connection during the installation 148 Requires a working Internet connection during the installation
147 </ti> 149 </ti>
148</tr> 150</tr>
149</table> 151</table>
150 152
151</body> 153</body>
152</subsection> 154</subsection>
153<subsection> 155<subsection>
154<title>A Stage2 Approach</title> 156<title>A Stage2 Approach</title>
155<body> 157<body>
156 158
157<p> 159<p>
158A <e>stage2</e> is used for building the entire system from a bootstrapped 160A <e>stage2</e> is used for building the entire system from a bootstrapped
159"semi-compiled" state. 161"semi-compiled" state.
160</p> 162</p>
161 163
162<p> 164<p>
163Stage2 installs allow you to skip the bootstrap process; doing this 165When you perform a stage2 installation approach, you will build all system
164is fine if you are happy with the optimization settings that we chose 166packages (core packages, including toolchain) using your specific <c>USE</c>,
165for your particular stage2 tarball. 167<c>CFLAGS</c> and <c>CXXFLAGS</c> settings. Any package build will therefore be
168optimized to your preference.
169</p>
170
171<p>
172However, this installation takes some time and if you do not intend to change
173the <c>CFLAGS</c> and <c>CXXFLAGS</c> settings that we have defined as a "good
174default", using this approach only makes sense if your <c>USE</c> variable is
175sufficiently different from the default <c>USE</c> we provide.
166</p> 176</p>
167 177
168<table> 178<table>
169<tr> 179<tr>
170 <th>Stage2</th> 180 <th>Stage2</th>
171 <th>Pros and Cons</th> 181 <th>Pros and Cons</th>
172</tr> 182</tr>
173<tr> 183<tr>
174 <th>+</th> 184 <th>+</th>
175 <ti>You don't need to bootstrap</ti> 185 <ti>You don't need to bootstrap</ti>
176</tr> 186</tr>
177<tr> 187<tr>
178 <th>+</th> 188 <th>+</th>
179 <ti>Faster than starting with stage1</ti> 189 <ti>Faster than starting with stage1</ti>
180</tr> 190</tr>
181<tr> 191<tr>
182 <th>+</th> 192 <th>+</th>
183 <ti>You can still tweak your settings</ti> 193 <ti>You can still tweak your settings</ti>
184</tr> 194</tr>
185<tr> 195<tr>
186 <th>-</th> 196 <th>-</th>
187 <ti>You cannot tweak as much as with a stage1</ti> 197 <ti>It's still not the fastest way to install Gentoo</ti>
188</tr> 198</tr>
189<tr> 199<tr>
190 <th>-</th> 200 <th>-</th>
191 <ti>It's still not the fastest way to install Gentoo</ti>
192</tr>
193<tr>
194 <th>-</th>
195 <ti>You have to accept the optimizations we chose for the bootstrap</ti>
196</tr>
197<tr>
198 <th>-</th>
199 <ti> 201 <ti>
200 Requires a working Internet connection during the installation 202 Requires a working Internet connection during the installation
201 </ti> 203 </ti>
202</tr> 204</tr>
203</table> 205</table>
204 206
205</body> 207</body>
206</subsection> 208</subsection>
207<subsection> 209<subsection>
208<title>A Stage3 Approach</title> 210<title>A Stage3 Approach</title>
209<body> 211<body>
210 212
211<p> 213<p>
212A <e>stage3</e> installation contains a basic Gentoo Linux system that has been 214A <e>stage3</e> installation contains a basic Gentoo Linux system that has been
213built for you. You will only need to build a few packages of which we can't 215built for you. You will only need to build a few packages (such as system
214decide for you which one to choose. 216logger, networking tools, ...) before you can boot into a base Gentoo
217installation.
215</p> 218</p>
216 219
217<p> 220<p>
218Choosing to go with a stage3 allows for the fastest install of Gentoo 221Choosing to go with a stage3 allows for the fastest install of Gentoo
219Linux, but also means that your base system will have the optimization 222Linux, but also means that your base system will have the optimization
220settings that we chose for you (which to be honest, are good settings 223settings that we chose for you (which to be honest, are good settings
221and were carefully chosen to enhance performance while maintaining 224and were carefully chosen to enhance performance while maintaining
222stability). Stage3 is also required if you want to install Gentoo using 225stability). Stage3 is also required if you want to install Gentoo using
223prebuilt packages or without a network connection. 226prebuilt packages or without a network connection.
224</p> 227</p>
225 228
226<table> 229<table>
227<tr> 230<tr>
228 <th>Stage3</th> 231 <th>Stage3</th>
229 <th>Pros and Cons</th> 232 <th>Pros and Cons</th>
230</tr> 233</tr>
231<tr> 234<tr>
232 <th>+</th> 235 <th>+</th>
233 <ti>Fastest way to get a Gentoo base system</ti> 236 <ti>Fastest way to get a Gentoo base system</ti>
234</tr> 237</tr>
235<tr> 238<tr>
236 <th>-</th> 239 <th>+</th>
237 <ti>You cannot tweak the base system - it's built already</ti> 240 <ti>
241 You can still tweak your system
242 </ti>
238</tr> 243</tr>
239</table> 244</table>
240 245
241<p> 246<p>
242You might be interested to know that, if you decide to use different 247You might be interested to know that, if you decide to use different
243optimization settings after having installed Gentoo, you will be able to 248optimization settings after having installed Gentoo, you will be able to
244recompile your entire system with the new optimization settings. 249recompile your entire system with the new optimization settings. The same goes
250for any <c>USE</c> flag changes: Portage is intelligent enough to know what
251packages need to be rebuild.
245</p> 252</p>
246 253
247</body> 254</body>
248</subsection> 255</subsection>
249</section> 256</section>
257
250<section> 258<section>
251<title>The Gentoo Installation CDs</title> 259<title>The Gentoo Installation CDs</title>
252<subsection> 260<subsection>
253<title>Introduction</title> 261<title>Introduction</title>
254<body> 262<body>
255 263
256<p> 264<p>
257The <e>Gentoo Installation CDs</e> are bootable CDs which contain a 265The <e>Gentoo Installation CDs</e> are bootable CDs which contain a
258self-sustained Gentoo environment. They allow you to boot Linux from the CD. 266self-sustained Gentoo environment. They allow you to boot Linux from the CD.
259During the boot process your hardware is detected and the appropriate drivers 267During the boot process your hardware is detected and the appropriate drivers
260are loaded. They are maintained by Gentoo developers. 268are loaded. They are maintained by Gentoo developers.
261</p> 269</p>
262 270
263<p> 271<p>
264All Installation CDs allow you to boot, set up networking, initialize your 272All Installation CDs allow you to boot, set up networking, initialize your
370</body> 378</body>
371</subsection> 379</subsection>
372<subsection> 380<subsection>
373<title>Other CDs</title> 381<title>Other CDs</title>
374<body> 382<body>
375 383
376<p> 384<p>
377You might find a so-called Package CD on one of our mirrors. This CD is no 385You might find a so-called Package CD on one of our mirrors. This CD is no
378Installation CD but an additional resource that can be exploited during a 386Installation CD but an additional resource that can be exploited during a
379networkless installation. It contains prebuilt packages (the so-called GRP set) 387networkless installation. It contains prebuilt packages (the so-called GRP set)
380that allows you to easily and quickly install additional applications (such as 388that allows you to easily and quickly install additional applications (such as
381OpenOffice.org, KDE, GNOME, ...) immediately after the networkless Gentoo 389OpenOffice.org, KDE, GNOME, ...) immediately after the networkless Gentoo
382installation. 390installation.
383</p> 391</p>
384 392
393<p>
394If you intend to use the Packages CD to quickly install additional software,
395make sure that you use the same subarchitecture as the stage-3 tarball you use.
396</p>
397
385</body> 398</body>
386</subsection> 399</subsection>
387</section> 400</section>
388<!-- STOP --> 401<!-- STOP -->
389<section> 402<section>
390<title>Download, Burn and Boot a Gentoo Installation CD</title> 403<title>Download, Burn and Boot a Gentoo Installation CD</title>
391<subsection> 404<subsection>
392<title>Downloading and Burning the Installation CDs</title> 405<title>Downloading and Burning the Installation CDs</title>
393<body> 406<body>
394 407
395<p> 408<p>
396You have chosen to use a Gentoo Installation CD. We'll first start by 409You have chosen to use a Gentoo Installation CD. We'll first start by
397downloading and burning the chosen Installation CD. We previously discussed 410downloading and burning the chosen Installation CD. We previously discussed
398the several available Installation CDs, but where can you find them? 411the several available Installation CDs, but where can you find them?
399</p> 412</p>

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