After installation you should follow this guide if your computer is to be used as a desktop. Lots of useful stuff in that guide like setting up samba shares, mice, and mail. Let me point out that emerging kde and/or gnome takes a very long time. Although I usually use gnome, I wanted to test out KDE3.1 since it recently was released. Nevertheless
emerge kde mozilla gnome took over 16 hours on my Athlon1700. Make sure to do an
emerge -p name_of_program to see what portage will install. If everything is working correctly, you can easily install new programs as root.
|# emerge name_of_program|
Let's get gdm to start up automatically when we boot up. I use gdm, but you may want something else so edit
/etc/rc.confappropriately. You can configure gdm with
gdmsetupor interactively when gdm is running assuming that you have the root password. Now do this to get gdm started up automagically next time you reboot.
|# rc-update add xdm default|
Settings for hdparm are not saved between reboots (I think). Do not blindly try the following command without reading the
hdparmman page. RTFM. Change the parameters accordingly. YMMV. I put this in
|# hdparm -a 16 -d 1 -A 1 -c 1 -m 16|
|I added this to /etc/conf.d/local.start|
After I installed, I noticed the time was off quite a bit. It's nice to have your system time synced with a internet ntp server. I use rdate for this. In
/etc/conf.d/local.startplace a line like the following to sync your system time whenever you boot.
|rdate -u -s $your_ntp_server|
$your_ntp_serverfrom this list of public ntp servers.