Gentoo Installation Tutorials


The following tutorials closely follow the hadbook located on the Website located here: Plese read the documentation. These tutorials are not meant to replace the documentation, just make them easier to understand. The Tutorials will start after the setting up the network section.


1. The first tutorial involves preparing the disk. for the operating system. This tutorial shows you how.

Preparing the Disks


2. This tutorial finishes the coverage on preparing the disks, here we create a file system.

Creating the File System .


3. Now that we have the filesystem created, we need to mount the drives so we can install the files in the proper location.

Mounting the Disks


4. In this tutorial we obtain and install the insallation file for our new Gentoo system.

Stage3 Tarball Install


5. Nex we install the package manager so we can build the new system.

Portage Installation


6. In this section we set the system for portage as well as the compiler that will be used to install all the optional applications you want on your new system.

We do this with C-Flags.

Setting the C-Flags


7. Next we will select the mirrors that our system will use to download the packages we want to install as well as for updates.

Using Mirrorselect


8. Now that all files are in place we need to use the command "chroot" or change root so we can begin building our system.

Chroot to the new enviroment


9. Now that we are in our system's environment we can update the portage tree. This tutorial covers the process.

Updating the Portage Tree


10. Now we choose our profile. This is how we set defaults in the make.conf system for adding support for packages we plan on installing on the system. It is also how we upgrade the system when a new version comes out. This is done with Profiles.

Selecting the Proper Profile


11. In this section we install the kernel, the heart of the Linux OS.

Gentoo Kernel Installation


12. Whith the Kernel installed we are halfway there, now we must configure the kernel to prepare for the hardware and software we plan to run. Here we manually configure the kernel (my preferred way).

Manual Kernel Configuration


13. A second method of configuing the Kernel is with a program named genkernel. It will automat much of the configuation process with the drawback of not being fully customized for your system, thus the kernel is larger.

Genkernel Configuration