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Funtoo Linux – Installation and Configuration

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Funtoo is a free operating system, based on Linux, based on Gentoo and started around 2008 by Daniel Robbins. Today we are going to explore this peculiar distribution a little more.

The first step is to install the distro itself. In the video below we set up our partition table using Ubuntu using Gparted, creating the following partitions within an extended partition.

After that, we set up the partitions of root and boot and we downloaded stage3 to install Funtoo 64-bit into the root partition mounted directory and after that we unzipped it. Then we set up the necessary devices to chroot and then do it. And then we synchronize the Portage directory tree with the official Funtoo using the egoe command and soon after we change the fstab (we change the number of partitions and we change the boot from noauto to defaults) and then we update the applications Portage.

We handle errors, we add services to start with OpenRCand install and configure grub. With everything finished, we left the chroot and disassembled the devices and restarted the machine to check it out. Watch the full video of the installation.

Configuring and installing applications

  • bspwm is a lightweight, tiled, minimalist window manager written in C that organizes windows into a complete binary tree. Its installed size is less than 600KB. Bspwm supports EWMH and multiple monitors. It responds only to events and X messages it receives in a dedicated socket from a program included in its package, bspc
  • Polybar is a quick and easy to use tool for creating status bars. It aims to be easily customizable, using several modules that allow a wide variety of (editable) features, such as the display of workspaces, the date or the volume of the system. Polybar is especially useful for window managers who have a limited or nonexistent status bar, such as awesome or i3. Polybar can also be used in complete desktop environments, such as Plasma.
  • Rofi is a launcher that started as a clone of simpleswitcher, written by Sean Pringle and later expanded by Dave Davenport.

We install, adjust and configure these and other applications according to the video below:

Finishing

We finished the series on Funtoo Linux and showed you how to customize Polybar, Rofi and other applications and settings. Right at the beginning (after logging in with our normal user) we set up bspwm to start by configuring rxvt-unicode, wallpaper settings and loading Polybar automatically. Eliminate all doubts by watching the video below that performs all the processes reported above, in addition to additional tips.

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