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Kernel 2.6 Live CD From Gentoo 19

killergreen writes "I know some of us (myself in particular) really dig LiveCDs for work (some make fantastic diagnostic and/or security tools) or play. Well,here's one that incorporates the 2.6 kernel for experementation."
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Kernel 2.6 Live CD From Gentoo

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  • by Sevn ( 12012 ) on Tuesday November 11, 2003 @12:55AM (#7441419) Homepage Journal
    I've REALLY been looking at one of THESE [] for a while and this kinda just helped me make up my mind.
  • First of all (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Apreche ( 239272 ) on Tuesday November 11, 2003 @01:19AM (#7441532) Homepage Journal
    This is so a couple weeks ago. Second of all, gentoo LiveCDs aren't like knoppix or those other ones. Most of the time they are used to install a permanent gentoo installation. You just boot off of them to get to the first stage and to start compiling your gentoo system. The real reason this is awesome, is this allows you to mount Serial ATA drives, since 2.6 finally supports them. If I am correct this is the first major linux distribution that has real support for being able to install onto serial ata drives because of this disc. And you can bet it's going to be freakin' awesome.
    • This is so a couple weeks ago.

      That's nice, but this is the first time I heard about this. In fact I've been interested in a 2.6 live CD for a while, just haven't looked for one. This saves me the time. I find it very useful to know that you are way ahead of Slashdot in news acquisition.

      Second of all, gentoo LiveCDs aren't like knoppix or those other ones.

      Really? I tried one and it totally reminded me of Knoppix. I got the one with Gnome and KDE, and it booted into Gnome and had many of your typic
    • Re:First of all (Score:2, Informative)

      by killergreen ( 686694 )

      Yup, I admit,it's a couple of weeks old. I've been offline for a little bit, and had just caught up on my reading. Saw the post at just last night, and thought I'd share the info. Very glad to see that it helped at least a couple of people.

      I run Gentoo on my home computer exclusively (did I spell that right? No spell checker here ;) ), and have found it to be "snappier" and more responsive than any other OS I've used. Including other distros. Anyone have benchmarks on various distros?

      • ...and have found it to be "snappier" and more responsive than any other OS I've used. Including other distros. Anyone have benchmarks on various distros?

        OK, this isn't exactly an official benchmark, but I tried RedHat9 on my K6-2-450, full install. After installation, from hitting return in the gdm password box to KDE being ready to use took 1 minute and 35 seconds. With Gentoo installed from the pre-built GRP packages (i.e. not particularly optimised) the same PC did the same login-to-ready startup in

        • Which kernel are you using? I'm using the gaming kernel myself. I'm with you in that my response time is similar, but with everything I do... loading the desktop included.

          With your hardware (not picking on you or "looking down" on it...I'm not a technosnob), you might want to try a more lightweight graphical environment, such as Fluxbox, WindowMaker, IceWM, or XFCE4. True, these are not actual desktop environments, but are definitely not as likely to eat up all your RAM. KDE is not well known for b

          • More to the point is that the hardware was the same for both distros... Ought to have been similar timings, no?

            Kernel was probably 2.4.20, as this was a couple of months ago. Stock kernel source for RedHat, gentoo-sources for Gentoo.

            Anyway, my other Linux boxes include an XP1900+/Radeon (at home) and a Sun E450 (quad Ultrasparc 400MHz) (at work).

    • Redhat 9 (2.4 kernel) supports my serial ATA devices just fine. Although I'm not positive that the drivers are in the kernel source or not.
    • Mandrake also supports serial ATA drives, in both 9.1 and 9.2. I actually used Mandrake 9.1 to install Gentoo (as a dual-boot option).
  • by spineboy ( 22918 ) on Tuesday November 11, 2003 @02:43AM (#7441885) Journal
    I must say that they (Gentoo) have made it pretty easy to install. I've been using Linux for a year now as an end user (Mandrake and more recently Suse) and I found this easier to install than I thought it would be.

    There are about 20 pages of instructions on howto install the system, which after I printed it out, was much easier than I thought it would be. There is a large selection of software available from their site (games, sys utils, etc) and the whole system makes installing them very easy. The time spent compiling the program is prolly about as much as I would spend looking for it (and dealing with RPM hell)....

    Overall it feels very snappy/quick and very consistent (I was beginning to find Mandrake a little flaky after 2 years of using 'drake).

    I dunno, I just like it. Pretty much everyone now has an extra 10 gig or so on their hard drives, and installing this (and the new 2.6 kernel!)is pretty fun.

  • Just gave it a try. (Score:3, Informative)

    by Master Rux ( 458819 ) on Tuesday November 11, 2003 @04:59AM (#7442344) Homepage
    Only 73MB so it fit on a pocket cd, and sure enough it's a live CD alright. It booted me right up to a command line. It doesn't have a GUI. It has a textual and graphical version of links, so you can surf the web. Looks like it's just the basics.
  • Bit Torrent Link (Score:1, Flamebait)

    by Kalak ( 260968 )
    Since I'm up too late, and interested in a pure 2.6 distro to see if the 32 groups limit is really gone, I've gone Karma Whoring (and this is a pain in the @#$% way to do it).

    Here is a torrent [].
  • --Having just spent the better part of 1/2 hour looking for this iso - and finding dead links all over the web - I'll post the current link here for anyone looking for it. Beware - it will NOT RUN on a Riva TNT2 Nvidia card; latest docs specify at least a Geforce2 or better as the minimum requirement.

    04-11-2003 iso: 86/gam ecd/

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