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Gentoo running on Alec' pandora

Note: An alternative is to cross install Gentoo by yourself. This way a more recent system can be installed but it is much more difficult. See Cross Install Gentoo.

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  • Razor-qt 0.5.2 desktop
  • Over 500 pre-built packages, including: Firefox 29.0, GIMP 2.8.10, QtCreator 2.8.1, gdb 7.6.2, Valgrind 3.9.0, gcc 4.7.3
  • All the packages were built for Cortex-A8 (softfp), mostly Gentoo arm stable

Installation requirements

  • Pandora All versions fine?
  • SD card Minimum 2GB

Download the gentoo image

# wget

Partition the SD card

# mkfs.ext2 -L boot /dev/mmcblk0p1
# mkfs.ext4 -L gentoo -E stride=2,stripe-width=1024 /dev/mmcblk0p2
# mkdir -p /mnt/gentoo
# mount /dev/mmcblk0p2 /mnt/gentoo
# mkdir /mnt/gentoo/boot
# mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 /mnt/gentoo/boot

Extract Gentoo onto the SD card partitions

# tar xapvf gentoo-pandora-2014.05.tar.bz2 -C /mnt/gentoo
# umount /mnt/gentoo/boot
# umount /mnt/gentoo


  1. Click the wifi icon in the tray.
  2. In the window, press scan.
  3. "Double-click" your network (hit right nub up, might take a few tries if it's not tuned)
  4. Fill in the auth info and hit enter
  5. You should be connected now. It now will connect every time Gentoo starts.

Installing packages

available packages

  • Open a terminal and run:
# $ su - 
# Password:
# emerge -avK htop
  • Updating the system using binary packages:
# emerge -auvDK @world 
  • Build portage tree to install prebuilt packages:
# emerge --sync          (will take a while the first time)
# emerge -av wgetpaste