The manual install guide is good to go, but the stage4 install guide is still being worked on.
The Gentoo handbook would have you boot into your system as soon as GRUB is configured. We're going to stay chrooted in until your working environment is configured, because we need to make sure networking will be already up and running when you first boot into your new system.
On a professional audio workstation, you want to avoid system bloat to maximize your CPU and RAM. For that reason, we're going to install Xfce4 and SLiM. This combination gives you a nice graphical login and desktop without bloat. You can use any other DE or WM you want, but you'll have to go off on your own tangent for that.
That said, Gentoo Studio does not support Gnome or KDE, so if you use those, please post to the Desktop environments section of the forums if you run into difficulty.
First, download some package.* files that are necessary for much of what you will be doing from now on:
> wget http://gentoostudio.org/keywordfiles/
Now install your basic working environment:
> emerge xorg-server xfce4-meta xfce4-terminal networkmanager x11-misc/slim slim-themes
It's necessary to use x11-misc/slim and not simply slim. This emerge will pull in a lot of packages and could take quite a while, so it's a good time for another break. If you get this error:
/usr/bin: file not recognized: is a directory
> unset path
> emerge --resume
Now configure the display manager:
> nano /etc/conf.d/xdm
Make sure SLiM will start your Xfce4 session:
> echo "exec startxfce4" > /home/(your_user)/.xinitrc > chown (your_user) /home/(your_user)/.xinitrc > chgrp (your_user) /home/(your_user)/.xinitrc > rc-update add xdm default > rc-update add dbus default
Open /etc/slim.conf in nano and change this section:
# login_cmd exec /bin/sh - ~/.xinitrc %session # login_cmd exec /bin/bash -login ~/.xinitrc %session login_cmd exec /bin/bash -login /usr/share/slim/Xsession %session
# login_cmd exec /bin/sh - ~/.xinitrc %session login_cmd exec /bin/bash -login ~/.xinitrc %session # login_cmd exec /bin/bash -login /usr/share/slim/Xsession %session
In other words, comment out the third line and uncomment the second.
If you have a discrete video card, such as an Nvidia, make sure you're using the driver for it:
> eselect opengl list > eselect opengl set x
Where x is the number next to your video driver.
Make sure networking starts when you boot up:
> rc-update add NetworkManager default
Note: If you're setting up a machine that will only ever be hardwired, you can skip installing NetworkManager. I recommend you install it anyway, as even desktop machines now come with wifi.
> nano /etc/rc.conf
Add to the end of this file:
Some useful desktop plugins:
> emerge xfce4-power-manager xfce4-taskmanager xfce4-places-plugin xfce4-notifyd xfce4-mount-plugin xfce4-messenger-plugin xfce4-indicator-plugin xfce4-gvfs-mount
Once you've done that, you have everything you need to boot into your working environment every time you start your computer. Extra desktop customization is up to you.