Gentoo Live DVD

Discussion in 'all things UNIX' started by AutoCascade, Jan 16, 2015.

  1. AutoCascade

    AutoCascade Registered Member

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    I tried to install Gentoo minimalist but I'd need two computers up and running - one to install and one to follow directions, brutal install imo.

    So I'm downloading a fairly recent Live DVD http://gentoo.mirrors.tds.net/pub/gentoo//releases/amd64/20140826/
    and I plan to harden it if all goes well. I believe I should be able to use the harden updates with this rather than the minimalist but we'll see.

    I'll report on my results.
     
  2. AutoCascade

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    Well Gentoo Live DVD does not install Gentoo the way other Live DVDs do. It's simply a graphical interface to install Gentoo from scratch.

    The documentation is terrible imo. I've moved on.
     
  3. Gullible Jones

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    Gentoo is mostly a waste of time IMO.

    I would install Ubuntu or OpenSUSE or such, and compile a GrSec/PaX kernel for it. This takes about 15 minutes, as opposed to the 5+ hours typically required to get Gentoo up and running; and will probably give you a more secure system anyway, since you can actually depend on timely binary updates.

    If you're iffy about compiling a kernel, you might be able to substitute a binary GrSec kernel from Alpine Linux. I'll have to see if I can make that work...

    Edit: Arch Linux has a ready-made GrSec kernel that should work with most other distros.

    Edit 2: Nope. Arch Linux GrSec kernels use compressed kernel modules (!!!) that are incompatible with Debian/Ubuntu initramfs tools.
     
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