Gentoo experience

Mike Gorse mgorse at
Tue Jan 25 19:51:20 UTC 2005

Hi Jason,

Are you installing from the LiveCD, or do you have another distribution on 
your drive that you're using to bootstrap it?  I used the latter approach, 
partly because I didn't know if I could get the LiveCD to talk and partly 
because I already had another distro installed and didn't want to be 
without my computer while it was building things (although doing a stage 3 
install would probably get you up and running a lot quicker).  Apparently 
the LiveCD has Speakup installed, though (I didn't know that when I did 
the install and haven't ever used it, so I can't comment any more than 

I just looked at the genkernel x86 config, and it includes Speakup if you 
build a 2.6 kernel with the synthesizers being loaded as modules.  I'm 
assuming that this means that it wouldn't read boot messages, so you might 
want to modify the config or build a kernel manually once you got it 

And, yeah, it is handy to have the install guide available while you're 
installing; I'd suggest either getting it or a quick reference brailled if 
you can or keeping it open in another window/console.

Sorry for the non-answer, but let me know if there is anything I can do to 

-- Michael Gorse / AIM:linvortex / --

On Tue, 25 Jan 2005, Jason Castonguay wrote:

> Hello everyone.
> I am looking into installing Gentoo Linux.  I have begun reading the
> installation handbook available within their documentation and it sounds
> fascinating.  One problem I have, however, is that there seem to be so
> many steps.  Although I have no problem following directions, I thought
> the installation process would be something one could memorize.  Perhaps
> I need to keep a quick reference on hand during installation?  It does
> appear, however, that once installed, a person would probably not have
> to go through that again since they can use the `emerge' utility to keep
> their system updated.
> So, I just want to hear some thoughts or ideas from others who may have
> tried this distribution.  Was speakup easy to get going during
> installation?  What about brltty?
> Thanks for any and all feedback.
> Best regards,
> -- 
> Jason Castonguay

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