For a while, I have happily been able to log in easily to my local wireless network. I was even able to log on easily with WPA authorization/encryption! That was a good shock.
Now I am unable to get past the dhcpcd invocation on a completely open wireless network, with no wep and no wpa. I have gotten snagged before, and later it worked after two or three tries. Now it won't work at all, not with the included network manager, and not with kwifimanager. Nothing. I cannot do it manually. dhcpcd hangs.
I have upgraded some packages. After installing some packages, only a few days after a new distribution was installed, the gentoo "emerge -pv -uDv world" command tells me I need nearly a GB of downloads. This brings up some problems/questions. I did run the command overnight, and downloaded all files, but wasn't able to complete the process. Some packages were updated, some were not.
In particular, I noticed an update to baselayout.
Somehow, whatever the cause, this system is now useless for wireless, and I cannot connect and update other packages.
This begs the question: is sabayon a reasonable way to approach an installation of gentoo, when a user wants a functional desktop, but also has lots of plans and needs to install many packages. The flags are quite a complicated piece of work, in make.conf. Is my expectation too great, or is sabayon too complex to try to use as a general install?
Thank you for any answers, and your patience in reading .