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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:10 am    Post subject: Newbie wanting to install Gentoo on my Android tablet TF700 Reply with quote

Hello peeps!

I getting more and more interested in pure Linux since Im no longer a gamer and Im getting sick of Android so Im thinking to install Gentoo on my Android tablet, the Asus TF700. My previous Linux experience is very limited and very old so Im basically a total newb. Since its not a "normal" computer Im installing Gentoo on I need some guides and help :)

Im following this guide: https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Asus_Transformer_Infinity_(TF700T)/Install and Im a bit unclear about certain points. I cant find who has written this guide and the guy haven´t yet replied on my comment, it would be nice to be able to ask more specific questions. So Im asking questions here and see how it goes :)

First I want to say that I cant find the flatline_tf700.img file to make the tablet bricksafe so Im sofar downloading needed stuff for the installation and reading and learning :)

On this part of the guide: https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Asus_Transformer_Infinity_(TF700T)/Install#Making_your_tablet_unbrickable it says "install google's ADB and fastboot (from SDK) on oyur linux pc". Since Im mostly running on my Macbook Pro and OsX (I also have some Windows laptops lying around) I am kinda confused. Can this only be done on Linux?[/i]

Btw, why is HTML off? A moderator needs to enable it for me?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hobs0n,

Welcome to Gentoo.

Intsalling Gentoo is a little like eating an elephant. Do it one platefull at a time.
Installing it with Android, or in place of Android, is more like eating three or four elephanhts. Not many people do it.

You first step then is to do a more mainline install. You will need the understanding that this will provide later.
Put your TF700 to one side for now.

Practice on one of your Laptops or in VirtualBox on your Macbook Pro. That will provide the Linux you need later to install on the TF700. It will also prevent you dying of old age waiting for the TF700 to build things, since you can use cross distcc so the Macbook does the heavy lifting.

Gentoo works best when you build on what you know works ... small steps that you can undo when (not if) if breaks.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I getting more and more interested in pure Linux since Im no longer a gamer and Im getting sick of Android so Im thinking to install Gentoo on my Android tablet, the Asus TF700. My previous Linux experience is very limited and very old so Im basically a total newb. Since its not a "normal" computer Im installing Gentoo on I need some guides and help


For what you use your android tablet? I think that many function of your tab would be hard to use with gentoo os. And many drivers for tablet maybe miss in kernel, you need patches for kernel for that devices (speakers, touchscreen, battery controller, video device, gsm modules, wi-fi devices, cameras, and more... etc...).
If you had experience to search sources of device drivers and install them via patch kernel, you wouldn't ask this question here)))

And eating elephants need experience...

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Gentoo works best when you build on what you know works ... small steps that you can undo when (not if) if breaks.


Portage degrade with his dependenсies, with this hard stone of gentoo system you can't get pure linux cause you can't remove python language.

So without perl, python only with bash or sh shells linux would be more pure %)))))
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For installing on ARM I use cross distcc.

You can build a binary Gentoo then copy it to the target. I have a Ausus One netbook with an 8G internal SSD.
I install that by building the install on on external USB, then leaving behind /usr/portage asd /usr/src whin I copg to the insternal SSD.
That gets a Xfce4 desktop install into 6G.

Raspberry Pi (arm6v) is similar.
A Raspberry Pi is a lot easier to unbrick than a TF700
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