I’ve been wanting to set up Gentoo from scratch for a good while.
I have tried in the past, but failed. I decided to try again now since I have time to sit down properly with it.
Now, I will say I spent about 4 days in total on all this, multiple install attempts. I will now explain what went wrong, and what I ended up doing.
So, what I did first was to install regular Gentoo from scratch, without full-disk encryption, the initial install went fine, most things worked as they should, I then wanted to install a desktop, so I went on to installed Xfce4.
One thing during the install that wasted a lot of my time was figuring out that after you ’emerge’ a package – you then often have to do ‘etc-udpdate’ to merge the config file changes, I did not know this, so it was very confusing when I tried to install some thing over and over and it never started the install.
After doing all this I wanted to reinstall and see if I could get full-disk encryption to work. I tried the guides I found, but no matter how many times I tried it failed. And each install took a lot of time, so after trying 4 times I gave up on that.
I then looked into other distributions that are gentoo based. I have tried sabayon before, but I did not feel like that was what I wanted this time, I want something minimalistic, and ‘bare bones’ – not something bloated.
That’s when I found CloverOS https://gitgud.io/cloveros/cloveros/
This is a pure Gentoo with binaries as a alternative, but the beauty here is that it’s super easy to install, and you can choose between almost all desktops during install too, everything from tiling window mangers to gnome and KDE. And after install you can disable the binary repo with a simple command, so that it will pull everything from source after that, by running the ./cloveros_settings.sh script that is installed along with the OS.
The only downside with it is that it does not currently have full disk encryption in the install script. But If I can figure it out I would contribute to it.