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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 4:40 pm    Post subject: What do I put for "livecd root #"? Reply with quote

I don't really know that much at all about linux. I have some book called "linux in easy steps" but it is horrible. I got the livecd for PPC, and booted it, but after all of the funny text stuff that scrolls down the screen really fast, it stops and says "livecd root #" I typed help, but it doesn't make any sense to me. What do I need to do?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

step 1, have a copy of http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-ppc.xml handy, the PPC install guide. there is a printable version if you prefer. follow it carefully, and you'll be fine.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andydude117,

Thats the command prompt. When you get to there, you begin following the install guide here http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/index.xml
Since you have PPC based computer be sure to read the PPC version.

Read the handbook end to end before you start.
Instead of help use the command man. man is short for manual.
However, the liveCD has been slimmed right down, there are no man pages avaialble until you install some packages.
Thats all the liveCD is good for, doing the install.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that was fast! I noticed that many of the things in the documentation don't work when I type them in. It says like "command not found" or something. Also, it doesn't say anything about going strait into the thing with the desktop. I remember a few years back when I had a Dell, I had knoppix, and I didn't have to go through so much trouble. I just put the cd in, typed in some stuff, and I got to the actual desktop thing. I don't like these command prompt things. Is there any way I can just type something in, and it loads up?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no, the gentoo livecd is for performing a fairly low-level install. knoppix, and others like it, are "desktops-on-a-disc". if you're looking to learn about linux, the nitty-gritty details, gentoo is a great way to go. if you want a quick setup/running system, it might not be for you. knoppix is good, and you can setup some harddisk space for it to use if you want.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2005 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

andydude117,

Gentoo is about choice. Until you load the things to automate the things you want automated, they are not there.
You don't yet have a working system. The install will be quite a painfull progress for a new starter but you will find support, help and encoragement here.

When your install is complete (you decide that, not Gentoo) you will know how it works, why it works and how to add and remove things.
As I said, the liveCD can only be used for installing. It contains little more than the compiler tools.

If you feel more at home with a GUI to play with during the install, you may use a Knopppix CD in place of the Gentoo liveCD (is there a PPC Knoppix?) but you will still need to use the command line for the install.
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