Installing Gentoo on a Lenovo ThinkPad X60s
Currently, my only laptop is a IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad X60s, a top line ultrabook from 2006 that features:
- An Intel Core Duo L2400 dual core 32 bit CPU, clocked at 1.66 Ghz;
- 2GB of RAM;
- 60GB of SATA1 hard drive;
- Wifi, Bluetooth, trackpoint mouse only, 56k modem, and a decent set of I/0 ports (including a CardBus slot!).
This machine had an installation on Arch Linux, and I was using it for school stuff. It runned smoothly KDE5, Atom (great editor, I am using it to write this article), and it was usable even with PhpStorm. Pretty impressive for such an old thing, right?
Since now I don't need this laptop every day I decided to give a try at Gentoo, another rolling relase, DIY install distro. This was both a test of my skills, my patience and the performances of the machine. For those of you that don't know, Gentoo hasn't binary packages: imagine using Arch with just a developer mantained AUR.
I followed the
without any problem until I had to emerge and install 309 packets
@world set: it took 15 hours! The compilation of
cmake crashed because of memory starvation, and so I had to use a
spare USB stick as swap (the root file system was not resizable as it was
JFS). After some research and a couple of seconds in
was not implemented in the install disk kernel. TIP: if you
want to use a nicer install enviroment, use the Arch ISO. With
Gentoo, the initialisation of the file system is made with a
stage 3 tarball
and not by tools like
I had another problem with
make menuconfig, the tool used to
specify what features add or remove in your compiled from source Linux kernel.
ncurses menu showed me 64bit options, even if the install
disk and the CPU were both 32 bit. If you have this issue too, you can set the
ARCH variable by your own:
At the end, I made it! I only have a base install, but i can show you
I have not installed Gentoo in dual boot because I did not figure out
how to switch my bluetooth dongle in HID mode yet, so I can't select the OS
rEFInd. Hope this rambling was, if not useful, at least