How to install Gentoo on Pine64 ?
#1
Hi,

I would like to know if there is any specific instruction on how to install Gentoo or Linux From Scratch on Pine64.

For raspberry pi I used to install raspbian and copy the firmware and kenrel files to my Gentoo installation.

I just wanted to know if there is any specific "setting" required in order to run a linux distribution on Pine64 or some firmware blobs and where I could find those.

Thank you very much in advance!
#2
(05-29-2016, 08:20 AM)ilovegentoo Wrote: Hi,

I would like to know if there is any specific instruction on how to install Gentoo or Linux From Scratch on Pine64.

For raspberry pi I used to install raspbian and copy the firmware and kenrel files to my Gentoo installation.

I just wanted to know if there is any specific "setting" required in order to run a linux distribution on Pine64 or some firmware blobs and where I could find those.

Thank you very much in advance!

I use Gentoo also, but I don't have my pine64 yet. I did basically the same thing on my raspberry pi - use the kernel and firmware that they provide and attach it to gentoo's stage3.

For the pine64, I would start with one of Longlseep's debian or ubuntu images. Keep the boot partition, and copy everything from /lib/firmware and /lib/modules into your Gentoo root.

There's an "experimental" stage3 for arm64 at http://distfiles.gentoo.org/experimental/arm64/ - it hasn't been updated in a little while but I was able to work with just fine the other day in a chroot environment.
#3
I used the experimental stage3 tarball with one of longsleep's Ubuntu images and installed the system from an Ubuntu system running on my Pine (Gentoo card was in a USB cardreader). If you follow the normal steps from the Gentoo installation manual it just works... just leave out the partitioning and kernel / bootloader steps, dont forget to install the kernel modules as well and a sshd... after that I just built some necessary packages to get the platform scripts up and running... I can upload the image once I cleaned it up a little if people want to play with that...
Come have a chat in the Pine IRC channel >>
#4
Xalius, thank you.

... I have been testing one of Xalius' Gentoo images today; very nice work dude ! The Gentoo distro (with the longsleep kernel and newly integrated drm code) has corrected the frame buffer console cursor error (its been missing for a while). All subsequent kernel(s) should have this new fix shortly.

The Gentoo image is lean, mean, and clean ! I have not used Gentoo before now, but am finding this build to have what is expected; it is solid, stable, and a lot of fun too.

Again, Xalius thank you ! ( a very positive contribution )
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