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Monday, October 17, 2005


Slackware to Gentoo... in process

Hello everyone... I'm back, at least for now. I've got an issue with my laptop hard drive, which continues to fail. There are loads of bad blocks, and new ones popping up all the time, causing hell. I recently had a corruption problem that knocked out my local apache installation, and not actually knowing anything about ReiserFS, I decided I'd just re-install it. So, there I go...

rm -rf /...

When BAM! I hit my enter key accidentally. Ctrl-C ends the destructive process just a little to late. I manage to keep a few utilities (enough to get stuff backed up onto CD, interesting without ls and cdrecord), and decide it's probably time for a change anyway. So I hit up the Gentoo web site on Knoppix, download the gentoo minimal install CD, and get to work.

I must say... Gentoo is a pretty cool system so far, but it has taken forever to get where I'm at right now! I have fluxbox running with firefox, a KDE emerge and mplayer emerge occuring right now (should have gotten alsautils emerged first, but what the heck), a kernel compiled properly except for one setting (for my wireless), and a pretty fast freaking system. I decided to use a stage1 snapshot, and its day 4 so far. I just hope it's all worth it.

This is going to be quite a change from my normal ./configure && make && checkinstall process, but I think that it will probably be a little easier to keep track of dependencies this way... Besides, the portage experience should help me out if I ever want to switch to a *BSD system...

I'll be back at a later time (much later probably), once I get this distro up and running perfectly...


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