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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The company 1and1 recently started offering virtual servers based on the Virtuozzo virtualization technology. While these machines are quite cheap and provide a full linux work environment they run SUSE by default. Not my favorite linux distribution...
I was pretty certain that I could also switch the server to Gentoo. But when I asked the customer support they told me that they have no one running Gentoo on any of these machines. And that they would have no clue if that could work.
So I tried and it is definitely possible. Just in case there are others who would like to have a Gentoo vserver on a Virtuozzo system this HowTo will provide some instructions on how to achieve that.
Do I need to give the usual warnings? You'll completely wipe the old system and if something does not work, you will have to reinitialize the server. If you don't want to take that risk, do not continue.