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Gentoox Pro

Copyright (C) Thomas "ShALLaX" Pedley (gentoox@shallax.com)

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA


0.0 - Preamble
0.1 - Whats new?
1.0 - Installation tips
2.0 - Help, I'm still stuck!
3.0 - Plans for the future
4.0 - Thanks



This Linux distribution contains no copyrighted Microsoft code, no hacked executables, no illegally compiled executables and no other illegal material to the best of my knowledge. If anything is later discovered to be illegal, when given reasonable proof, this distribution will be taken out of circulation and destroyed and you must do the same.

This software comes with absolutely no warranty and I will not be held liable for anything bad that comes of using it. I will not be held responsible for any losses incurred from using this software.

This software has the potential of ruining all the data stored on your Xbox including your TSOP or modchip. You use this software and any subsequent software downloaded by this program at your own risk.


0.0 - Preamble

Gentoox is a highly optimised and highly refined Linux distribution for the Xbox which receives regular updates. It works on all Xbox version.

REMEMBER, YOURE USING THE PRO VERSION. YOU ARE EXPECTED TO BE A LINUX GURU IF YOU USE THIS VERSION. It's a lot harder to use than the Home Edition, but the rewards are a completely bare installation which means no bloat and you can choose how you want to build you operating- system. The magic patch system is still available for you, though you probably wont want KDE or Mplayer since they take about 60 hours, and 30 hours to compile respectively.


Your Gentoox system comes with two predefined users, their details are as follows:

User: root
Pass: xbox

User: gentoox
Pass: xbox

The 'root' user is known as a superuser and has control over everything and everyone's actions! For this reason is it very important that you change your passwords as soon as you log in!. To do this, open a console and type:

su -
[enter root password when asked]
passwd user_name
The "su -" command instructs linux to (s)witch(u)sers to root and use its system environment

Once again, I refuse to accept responsibility for anything bad that may come of using this software. While I try my absolute best to ensure that this software is stable and fit for use, I make absolutely no guarantees that it is. Use totally at your own risk. This software contains no hacked code or code built with the Microsoft Xbox SDK (XDK).

0.1 - Whats new?

The following is a list of features which are included with Pro:

+ Fstab fix
+ FatX patch preinstalled


You must have DHCP to use networking out of the box otherwise your network will fail to come up.

You can change these settings yourself by following the Network tutorial on the site.


1.0 - Installation tips

None of this section applies for 'native' installs. Do not attempt to run these commands if you have selected 'native' or you may damage your filesystem!

If you later want to switch which partition Gentoox is installed to, you can do so by running the following commands:

1) Open a console
2) su -
3) [enter root password when asked]
4) magic f-drive << Puts Gentoox on F:
* OR
magic e-drive << Puts Gentoox on E:

Should you find yourself running out of space for Linux, you can either follow the online tutorial on resizing your rootfs, or you can run the following command to add more partitions (100-4000MB and as many as you can fit on F:)

magic newfs

Follow the on screen instructions for each of them. The e-drive and f-drive scripts have safeguards which dont allow you to run either one more than one time in sucession.


2.0 - Help, I'm still stuck!

If you are having issues using the magic system, remember you can always run "magic usage" (providing you have an internet connection).

Pro can only use 640x480 by default, so using an 800x600 bootloader may cause issues. If you want to enable 800x600 in Pro, run the following as root:

echo "home2.1" > /etc/gentoox_version
magic fix kernel-2.4.20 && magic

This will upgrade you to a distro that some-what resembles home2.1 (supports 800x600). If you want to enable 800x600 support yourself, get the latest kernelsources, then enable rivafb and compile the xbox i2c modules into the kernel (extsmi, i2c-dev, i2c-xbox....) then recompile and add "rivafb y" at the end of your linuxboot.cfg.

Your most valuable resource regarding Gentoox is its homesite: http://gentoox.shallax.com If you need some dynamic assistance, feel free to drop in to the official channel on irc:

Server : irc.shallax.com
Channel: #gentoox

( Windows mIRC users can run the following url: irc://irc.shallax.com/gentoox )


3.0 - Plans for the future

There are no plans to re-release Pro at all. Users should be capable of upgrading their own distro!


4.0 - Thanks

Thanks goes out to everyone who has supported me, offered suggestions and criticised (constructively!!!) my work. You are the people who motivate me in my task to product (what I feel) is the best Xbox Linux distribution around! Without you, I probably would not have bothered going beyond the initial "FINAL" release (as the name would suggest, I didn't plan on releasing any updates, hehehe!).

I'd also like to thank Xantium from Xbox-Scene for posting news relating to Gentoox.

Thanks to the Xbox-Linux team for Cromwell

HUGE thanks to the creator of BusyBox - that is an amazing piece of work! Also, thanks to the creators of Slackware and Slothbox.

Thanks to Soundgarden and The Beastie Boys for providing me with something to listen to :)

Thanks to Hellimod, Pedro, Dave, Blake, tytyty, Disp, Byte, Xolution, Genlee, Pb, def, wik, Ziekke, Coolberg, nitra, h3inrich, Rocketeer, xboxmastr, Bucko, paulproteus, Xenia bioterror, Turdhat, Jester, Artifex, CyKiller bikr, mikegrb, milkpost, Psylenced, TJ...

And THANKS to everyone else I've forgotten (Sorry! Your help and support was much appreciated!)

Thanks to you for taking the time to read this instruction manual!

Remember - feedback is the only way I'll know when there is a problem

- Thomas "ShALLaX" Pedley (gentoox@shallax.com)


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