I have an older machine with a failing cdrom drive. Because of this I'm having a hard time installing Gentoo on the system. I wanted to run a proposed work around past you and see if it makes sense.
Using another Linux machine (running Ubuntu) I was going to install Gentoo into a folder on that machine. By that I mean: create a folder and put stage 3 files in it along with the portage snapshot, chroot into the folder, build the kernel (with Genkernel), install system tools, and basically everything in a standard install short of writing to the MBR.
Once I have that environment set up I would throw it into a tarball. Then I would boot up the target machine via a Linux boot disk (it can do this for short periods of time), setup the partitions, deploy that tarball, and write out to the MBR.
In my head this all seems to make sense. What do you think? Would I run into problems with any of the compiles of the kernel or system tools?
Thanks in advance!
Update 5/11: The target machine is a laptop from 1997. While it does have a USB port it cannot boot from it. The cdrom drive is difficult to remove and does not have a standardized connector. While the hard drive is easily removable I do not have a way to connect a 2.5" IDE drive to any of my other computers.
Some of these issues can be solved by throwing a little bit of money at the machine but I rather not put any money into a machine this old.
And, before you ask, I plan on using this machine mostly as a typewriter--the keyboard has a great feel to it.