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Gentoo installed

December 8, 2010

I finished my Gentoo installation with only one minor hiccup. Installing gnome requires cups, which requires pdftops, which is in poppler, which was not installed. Installing poppler also requires cups, which requires pdftops, etc. After a quick google I learned the resolution was to install poppler with the USE -cups flag, then install cups. This worked fine, but is probably something the devs should fix.

After that I installed gnome, and since I’m an amateur photographer, gimp and F-Spot. F-Spot is masked, so it won’t install by default. Again, a little googling and browsing the very well written Gentoo documentation, and this problem was solved as well. So far, I’m impressed with how easy Gentoo is manage. Software installation can take a while, since everything is compiled from source, but for some packages, (openoffice, for example) there is an option to install a precompiled binary.

I’m running this in a VM, and I don’t know that I’ll ever install it on my hardware. At present I have VMs of Gentoo, Debian (the base system for my lfs), Fedora lxde, Mint and Haiku.

Yes, Haiku. I ran BeOS R5 for a while back in the day and was pretty happy with it. I run Haiku now just to see how they’re coming along. I wish I was a good enough programmer to help with development, but it’s only been a hobby for me. Well, it was a part of my job many years ago, but I was never very good at it.

short linux post

November 23, 2010

I’m taking a break from working on Linux from Scratch to do an install of Gentoo. Gentoo is really not that hard to install. The instructions are very well written and easy to follow. I screwed up the grub.conf somehow (I’m sure this was my fault, just like Bin-utils, Pass2 in lfs was my fault) but I dropped to the grub shell, fixed "root=" (I had it in the /dev/sda? form, and it needs to be in (hd0,?). I’ll fix the config file later. The nice thing about a vm is that I can interrupt in the middle of a software install (gnome, in this instance) and come back later and finish it. That’s why there’s no hurry to fix the grub config;I can just suspend the machine and not have to worry about booting.

I’m running both lfs and gentoo in vmware. I would prefer to use Virtual Box because of the the open source thing, but it doesn’t support screen resolutions or my hardware as well.

later . . .