If you ask around about Gentoo, chances are you will get mixed reviews : some will say it's a waste of time, others will say it's only for ubergeeks, yet others will tell you it's the only way, but no one can deny the power that Gentoo offers in terms of choices and speed.Gentoo is a rolling release distribution, which means it has no release numbers and it's updated continuously.Gentoo is also a source-based distribution, which means that everything you install you must compile first.
If you prefer the comfort of binary package managers that install desired software on-the-fly, if you like to install your distro in an hour or so, then you might not like Gentoo.
That being said, if you're curious, aren't afraid of the command line and some compilation, if you want to have your system just the way you want it or you just want to be more 1337, this article is just what you need.
You will learn how to install, what to install, how to get the most out of your system and of course have some fun in the process.
We must warn you before we start : Gentoo has some of the best written documentation of all the Linux distributions and this article cannot and does not want to take its place, by no means.
Although you will have a working Gentoo system after going through our tutorial, you are advised to read the handbook and all other sections of general interest, like Portage (the software management tool), for example.
That said, let's get ready and start installing Gentoo.
Gentoo is mirrored in many locations, so we suggest you pick one mirror close to you and start downloading.
We always trust Heanet, so we got our ISO from there.
Since Gentoo is a rolling release distro, it offers new iso images periodically.