Here’s what Bowman has to say about Vidalinux Beta 2.
Just thought I’d report some preliminary details about an installation of the latest Beta install of Vidalinux on a custom built IBM T42. Install goes pretty rough initially due to a lack of updated drivers on the Beta install. Naturally, this will be fixed on the final release. Beta is about a month behind, which was a crucial month in updates for the ‘ati-drivers’ package. Using the vesa driver at a setting of 1024 (opposed to the ATI 9000 at 2450), I was able to get my machine up and running without any sudden freezes.
I have a few immediate recommendations:
1. Update your kernel source using either the Vidalinux recommended kernel sources or the Gentoo sources. I personally recommend using the Gentoo kernel sources if you have any idea of what’s going on… but for most entry level, I would recommend using the Vidalinux custom sources.
2. Recompile and install the kernel. This isn’t totally necessary, but if you had to leave out a couple things during installation, you’re going to have to reinstall the kernel to get those things running on your machine!
3. emerge ‘sync’ (Duh)
4. MAKE NEW USERS!!! – One thing I noticed during the whole installation – there is never a segment where you can add a user. So, adduser, passwd. Or, you can do the graphical thing and lose about 3 minutes.
5. emerge anything else you’ll need. Off hand, I noticed I had to emerge tbp (which lead to another kernel compilation), I had to emerge wireless drivers (which lead to another kernel compilation), and a few other ‘non default’ programs (tex, vim, etc).
Overall, the installation is significantly easier than the typical Stage 3 Gentoo installation, both with good and bad sides. It’s nice that someone else out there thought that having a GUI would knock out a few hours of the Gentoo installation process (especially the first hour, which is now done in about 3 minutes).
So far, I’d say if you’re wanting to install a very basic installation of Gentoo without all of the hassle, Vidalinux is for you. In addition, if you’re willing to spend more time tweaking than installing, go Vidalinux.
But, as with any installation, I’d recommend keeping a very good live CD around for any boot time issues that arise – like my issues with the video driver. My personal recommendation is the SystemRescueCd.
Thanks to Bowman for contributing this post.