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The USE flags can be a pain until you get used to it. The way I dealt with it has been to keep the list small and make changes only as needed.

The "-a" option is very helpful with emerge. You can preview changes it will make before it happens. If it looks wrong double check your USE flags and try it again.

Getting a bootable Gentoo system up should not be hard. The handbook gives you step by step instructions. If you want a GUI desktop however you will need to do some additional research and I believe it may be scattered in multiple guides and wikis.

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I'm fairly positive exFAT support as of now is iffy at best. There's no reason you'd want to use it over a stable journaling filesystem.
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I wouldn't bother with gentoo, you might as well do a Slack system. Slack or Slackware, gentoo is just.... It's going to take you a long time, a long long time coming from Ubuntu. I'm not going to say you need to use Arch or any distro to learn on, but I will say there is no real benefits from using Gentoo. At least nothing that outweighs the cons enough.
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thanks for the advice.
the reason I set aside a separate partition, is to make sure I don't nuke my windows partition. I plan to reformat to something like fat32 on install.
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Fat32 isn't exactly much better of a choice than exfat as far as Linux root FS is concerned. You probably want to stick with a standard like ext4.

Also Gentoo handbook instructions have you create a separate boot, swap and possibly a home partition. You don't have to do this and can certainly install everything to just one partition but you should be careful not to get confused by their partition labeling which assumes 3-4 partitions.

Good luck.
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Fat32 isn't exactly much better of a choice than exfat as far as Linux root FS is concerned. You probably want to stick with a standard like ext4.

Also Gentoo handbook instructions have you create a separate boot, swap and possibly a home partition. You don't have to do this and can certainly install everything to just one partition but you should be careful not to get confused by their partition labeling which assumes 3-4 partitions.

Good luck.

thanks. I will need at least four energy drinks to get the courage for this, lol.
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thanks. I will need at least four energy drinks to get the courage for this, lol.
If it's a gentoo install you probably want sleeping pills so you can sleep while it compiles. biggrin.gif
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If it's a gentoo install you probably want sleeping pills so you can sleep while it compiles. biggrin.gif

Lol, I was thinking about installing Gentoo on my Atom netbook - is it safe to take sleeping pills for 3 days? lachen.gif
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I am going to go ahead and say this because I use Funtoo (Gentoo forked/edited by Daniel Robbins) every day for everything.

Gentoo is about choice. It isn't about building the fastest binaries (although they are compiled for your machine with the options you choose through use flags). It is completely and utterly about choice.

You literally have a choice for everything. Partition layout, startup system, X servers, kernels, etc... You can choose to build it as you see fit. Portage is just the tool that allows you to do that.

You can build gentoo from your ubuntu system that is already installed. Just start from page 4 in the handbook to create and mount your hard drives in your current installation.

Most will tell you that gentoo is horrible to work with, compile times will be long, etc.... but I use it every day (and have been for about 8 years) and it has been the most customizable and stable linux system that I have used for my house.

Try it, and have a positive outlook.
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I tried sabayon once and the slowness of the package management drove me nuts. Is Gentoo just as bad?

I kind of like having the ability to install or update packages in 5 seconds from anywhere with wifi.
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I tried sabayon once and the slowness of the package management drove me nuts. Is Gentoo just as bad?

I kind of like having the ability to install or update packages in 5 seconds from anywhere with wifi.

The "slowness" of compiling everything on your system from source, every time, might drive you nuts. But you can tell portage to just download all the packages, then compile them later while you're offline.
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