Some things you cannot prepare for; I got a new computer!
To fair the old one was coming up to 10 years in service(running 24/7). I had spec'd and built that machine, opting for 8GB ram and 64bit processor when both were rarities. Skimping on all the other details HDD, Motherboard and case. 40GB SSD and just about the only motherboard that did not support USB3.
I did not get to build the new one, but I will not look a gift horse in the mouth.
It is an i5-9400f 2.90GHz with 6 cores running at 3.98GHz, 16GB ram and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti (6GB, 1536 cores). It even comes in a Blue LED lit case and is very quite.
As with nearly all PCs pre-built, it came with Windows 10. Used Clonezilla to save its 4 GPT partitions from the nice 500GB SSD to a HDD. Even though I could select it in the BIOS, the cloned drive would not boot into Windows until I had physically disconnect the original.
Oh and the BIOS looks like a movie mock-up. No more blue back ground with white ASCII text at 80x25. This BIOS screen has USB mouse support and an animated background that really threw me.
The next job is to Linux-ise it. I want Gentoo
again to get the most from it.
So far I have written a Gentoo minimum ISO to USB using the free Windows app Rufus
. Rufus is pretty amazing and just gets on with the job. If you ever want something interesting and insightful to read try the FAQ
. Read it all, even though I had no reason too. It was just very well written and entertaining, but quite long.
The Gentoo Handbook
is not for that faint hearted. The first few pages after selecting your target machine architecture lists the 10 steps required and each is involved.
Last time I did this it was to harness the power of a 64bit CPU when nearly all other Linux
distros were ignoring it. So I had a fair idea what I was getting into.
You ideally need another machine with a web browser open to the Gentoo installation
and also networking so you can SSH and control the install and access the internet for updates.
I currently have, wiped the old Windows partitions, created all the required Linux
partitions, formatted them and mounted them. Copied all the install files to the new disk and transferred control via CHROOT.
The scary bit is now to build the Linux
Kernel and install it for booting.