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Installing Gentoo works a bit differently than other Linux distributions.
But don't worry, we got you covered every step of the way.
We offer a variety of live environments that allow you to perform the installation.
Choose between a lean console-only environment or a fully featured LiveDVD. Alternatively users are encouraged to try the Gentoo-based SystemRescueCD.
The Gentoo Handbook provides detailed documentation that guides you through the installation process.
There is no installation program—you're the installer. That way, you can apply all the customizations you desire.
These steps are all described in the Gentoo Handbook.
Should you have any questions regarding Gentoo, or the installation process, we're here for you!
Meet the community on our Forums, mailing lists, and on IRC.
There's always things to engineer, build, fix, and document. Consider this your formal invitation to help shape Gentoo!
Your support is vital to keep us running. Even little amounts help keep our servers online.
Happy with the system you built? Tell the world about it.