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Gentoo: Build the Desktop ?

Discussion in 'Other Distributions' started by Videodrome, May 23, 2015.

  1. Videodrome

    Videodrome Guest

    Just as a random weird experiment to see how much performance I can squeeze out of this HP Mini Netbook, I made another attempt to install Gentoo from a tutorial on TechMint. http://www.tecmint.com/gentoo-linux-installation-guide/

    Unfortunately, this author hasn't yet followed up with the desktop portion. So for now, I have a command line Gentoo on this Netbook built using the GenKernel option. I'm wondering if I have to further edit the Kernel to prepare it for Xorg? Do I just install Xorg, a DM, and a WM / Desktop of my choice with Emerge?

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    Just wondered if anyone had tips for getting the desktop. Hate to get this far and mess it up or follow unnecessary steps if the GenKernel should already have settings / modes in place.
  2. Mitt Green

    Mitt Green Guest

    It looks like that, I took a look through the Handbook, it contains info about minimal install, then it seems you just add necessary packages using Portage.

    Also Debian has minimal netinstall and even debootstrap; using this the system will be the least bloated thing ever (https://wiki.debian.org/Debootstrap). And if you don't want systemd, Devuan developers released their debootstrap version (http://packages.devuan.org/devuan/pool/main/d/debootstrap/).

    I also suggest building the kernel from git or the upstream sources, and manually compile it to prevent loading unnecessary modules.
  3. Videodrome

    Videodrome Guest

    Gonna try this. I think the GenKernel is ready for Xorg without more tweaking, but I'll find out.

    emerge -pv xorg-drivers

    emerge --ask --quiet xorg-server

    env-update && source /etc/profile

    emerge --ask x11-base/xorg-server

    If this works, I'll try getting Xfce on here.

    EDIT: Meh, I think this is a bust. Guess I'll throw Xubuntu on here or something. I'd go with Sabayon, but I think they abandoned 32-bit.
    #3 Videodrome, May 23, 2015
    Last edited: May 23, 2015

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