I have a mid-old laptop that I want to use for learning more details about Linux, so I decided for a first-time Gentoo installation. I can only connect via WLAN to internet with this laptop. My router only supports WPA(2). My biggest USB stick has 2GB for the live linux, so the full Gentoo live DVD (larger than 2GB) is no option. The minimalist Gentoo has no wpa_supplicant (which would be needed for WPA), however.

What is the best option for me to follow the Gentoo manual as closely as possible?

  • Do you have a linux installed on your laptop?
    – xx4h
    Jun 11 '14 at 16:23
  • No, it's a clean drive.
    – Foo Bar
    Jun 11 '14 at 16:24
  • Do you have any linux experience? If so, what distro do you have used already?
    – xx4h
    Jun 11 '14 at 16:25
  • Yes, I have some experience. Most experience I have with a SSH-controlled Debian/Raspbian on a Raspberry Pi. And also some Ubuntu experience. So, I'm not a total newbie, just with low level installing. And I have absolutely no overview of the huge "distro database".
    – Foo Bar
    Jun 11 '14 at 16:30
  1. Just Download a Live-Distro of your choice (with wpa_supplicant) with the same arch (32/64 bit) you'll choose for gentoo later, too
  2. Create a bootable USB-Stick from it
  3. Boot from the USB-Stick
  4. Most of the upcomping steps require root privileges, so you could do a su in your Live-Distro and go on as root.
  5. Create your partitions (/boot,/home/,/) e.g. with fdisk on the hdd of the laptop
  6. Create FileSystem with:
    mkfs.ext2 /dev/WHATEVER_YOUR_BOOT_IS,
    mkfs.ext4 /dev/WHATEVER_YOUR_HOME_IS
    mkfs.ext4 /dev/WHATEVER_YOUR_ROOT_IS
  7. mkdir /mnt/gentoo
  8. Mount /-partition to /mnt/gentoo with:
    mount /dev/WHATEVER_YOUR_ROOT_IS /mnt/gentoo
  9. Create directories for mounting /home and /boot with:
    mkdir /mnt/gentoo/{boot,home}
  10. Mount /home and /boot with:
    mount /dev/WHATEVER_YOUR_BOOT_IS /mnt/gentoo/boot
    mount /dev/WHATEVER_YOUR_HOME_IS /mnt/gentoo/home
  11. Download stage3 gentoo 32/64 bit (not hardened for now) to the User directory of your live-system
  12. In the directory of the stage3:
    tar -C /mnt/gentoo -xjf stage3.....tar.bz2 (that could take a moment)
  13. Now chroot into your new gentoo
  14. Install wpa_supplicant and bootloater
  15. Shutdown Live-USB, unplug USB-Stick, reboot

Now you should be able to boot into your gentoo (i hope i didn't missed anything :>)

  • Thank you very much. :) The Gentoo manual sounded like there'll be unneccessary problems if one takes a live linux that is not "supported" in the manual, but you proved this wrong. :)
    – Foo Bar
    Jun 11 '14 at 17:14
  • Did everything run flawless, or is anything wrong/missleading/not-working/missing, that i need to adapt/add?
    – xx4h
    Jun 11 '14 at 19:43
  • Yes, everything went fine. :)
    – Foo Bar
    Jun 12 '14 at 8:41

systemresquecd is a gentoo-based live-cd with wpa_supplicant, you can find it here

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.