Here is a few tips for Gentoo linux
List emerged packages
This can be done by install the package gentoolkit
When it is installed you can use the program equery to list all installed packages.
[ Searching for all packages in all categories among: ]
* installed packages
[I--] [ ] app-admin/eselect-1.2.10 (0)
[I--] [ ] app-admin/eselect-fontconfig-1.0 (0)
[I--] [ ] app-admin/eselect-opengl-1.1.1-r2 (0)
[I--] [ ] app-admin/eselect-python-20100321 (0)
[I--] [ ] app-admin/eselect-xvmc-0.1 (0)
[I--] [ ] app-admin/gam-server-0.1.10 (0)
Keep your system up-to-date
To keep your system up-to-date you should run
to update portage. And if you want to update your system you can run
This will update some of your system packages if newer version exists. To update your entire system you need to run
emerge --update --deep world
Dell Vostro V13
How to get your wireless network to work.
Install ndiswrapper from emerge
Get the drivers from dells homepage or just download them from
Activate the drivers.
ndiswrapper -i bcmwl6.inf
depmod -a modprobe ndiswrapper
Your network should now work. It might appear as eth1 instead of wlan0/1 but it works just fine. If you are using Wicd as a manager just change the wireless interface to eth1 and it will work.
NOTE: You might need to modprobe wl to get the wireless to work. I have to do it. Then i added wl to autoload in /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6 and just add wl to a new line.
To have your computer running the right time is crucial. This cannot be done by hand in a good way. But if you install NTPd you can sync your clock to a server and always know that your computer have the right time. First we need to install openntpd
To get this to start everytime we boot our computer we need to add it to startup.
rc-update add ntpd default
Now we need to configure the servers behaviour. Edit the /etc/conf.d/ntpd so it looks like this
Now we need to setup what server we should sync against. You can look at the official list at http://www.pool.ntp.org to find a good server that fits your needs.
When you have found a server just add it to /etc/ntpd.conf
Install Netgear WG111v3 on Gentoo Linux
This guide tells how you can get the WG111v3 from Netgear to work on Gentoo. It will probobly work on other dists also.
First we need to install ndiswrapper, this can be done with using the package-system.
Next step is to fetch the drivers for the network card. You can get them from my own site using this url: http://www.zoogen.net/data/articles/WG111v3.tar.bz2
Now unpack the file and enter it’s directory.
tar xvvf WG111v3.tar.bz2
Now we can install the drivers using ndiswrapper.
ndiswrapper -i WG111v3.inf
Now the wireless card should work. If it don’t work try to reboot your system and see if that helps.