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Before we start out, I'd like to give you some information about the rationale of this document. Gentoo is a very advanced Linux distribution and thus normally not very attractive to the Linux newbie. However, the newest version of Gentoo ships with an easy to use installer. Therefore, Gentoo can also be easily installed by a novice user. If you use Gentoo, you learn a lot more about the system than with distributions like Fedora Core or Ubuntu. It is this guide's purpose to introduce the novice user to GNU/Linux in general and Gentoo in particular.


Booting from the Live CD

In this section we are going to talk about how to install Gentoo. First, grab an ISO file of the current Gentoo Universal Install CD (found in the livecd directory on the mirror servers) and download it to your computer. Burn it with a program capable of burning ISO files (like Nero if you are using Windows). Once you've done that, make sure your computer boots from its CD/DVD drive before the harddisk. This is crucial to your success. Put the CD you've just created in your drive and reboot your computer. You will be prompted with some text. Just press enter or wait a few seconds. It will now try and detect some hardware. If you haven't got an English or American keyboard, you should press F2 when it tries to detect your keyboard layout. It will explain to you how to change it if you do so. The Gentoo logo will eventually appear. Wait while it boots from the CD.

Starting the installation process

The system is now going to prompt you for a username and password. Enter gentoo as username and leave the password field blank. You will be then presented with a graphical desktop. Note that you have the chance to select your language while being in the login prompt window. Open the Gentoo installer by double clicking it on the desktop.

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