Gentoo's Graphical Installer is Unnecessary
Gentoo has long been a distribution aimed towards the power Linux user. It allows users to foray into the inner workings of their computers, emphasizing total customizability for optimal performance and minimum size. It is not for users who are looking for an operating system as soon as possible. Installations can take many hours, especially since the entire system is compiled from source. Because of Portage, the package system, installations and updates are generally easy, but nevertheless time-consuming.
With this year's first Gentoo release, 2007.0, comes an updated LiveCD featuring a completely rewritten GTK+ based installer. Being a Gentoo user for nearly 2 years, long before the release of any automated installer, I was curious as to what a graphical Gentoo installer entails.
The bigger question is, why provide a GTK+ based installer in the first place? One of the most appealing aspects to Gentoo is the fact that by installing the distribution, a user not so well-versed in the inner workings of a Linux environment will learn very quickly.
It took me the whole afternoon to make it. It is obviously way more complicated than installing Ubuntu. But, following a very nice tutorial in Gentoo Documentation, I’ve managed to do it.
When the cd image is booted, we’ve got access to a bash system that must be used to install our new system. Everything is made like in the old days, using nothing but a shell. It all comes down to the following: