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  1. Old Comment

    Major setback

    That's really sad, no, not the installation part, but your eyes.
    Have doctors raised their hands totally?
    Posted 09-11-2012 at 10:45 PM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
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    Proper method to update a Slackware Release to Current.

    My preference is to just build a whole new system on either a separate machine (testing via a KVM switch) or on a separate drive (testing via a combination of virtual machines and dual booting). Then migrate myself to the new system, and migrate all my "stuff". Eventually decommission the old system or drive and repurpose it.
    Posted 08-16-2012 at 11:38 PM by Skaperen Skaperen is offline
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    Enabling Hardware Acceleration with X11 and the DRI.

    xorgsetup isn't much use nowadays, it just doesn't do anything useful. Instead just create a minimal xorg.conf only if auto-detection doesn't work.

    Using nouveau for example is the default, you would have to blacklist nouveau if you don't want it.
    Posted 06-22-2012 at 06:31 AM by H_TeXMeX_H H_TeXMeX_H is offline
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    Saved from post: Getting Broadcom STA working for non-firmware wireless adapters

    Thanks a lot for the post. Little details that make a big difference.
    Posted 06-14-2012 at 08:25 AM by Munra Munra is offline
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    Saved from post: Getting Broadcom STA working for non-firmware wireless adapters

    Saved this from a post I made a few days ago that worked on clearing up a person's wireless issues. If anyone wants to create a Slackware based Broadcom wireless FAQ, this clip is free to add in.
    Posted 09-28-2011 at 10:14 PM by ReaperX7 ReaperX7 is online now
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    Should dependency resolving be made part of basic computer administration skills?

    And for these very reasons I still promote and use Slackware. I've had to teach friends how to build from source packages because their job requires it. I'm not even a sysadmin and because of slackware I have learned far more than they have.
    Posted 09-10-2011 at 07:49 AM by Ian John Locke II Ian John Locke II is offline
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    Should dependency resolving be made part of basic computer administration skills?

    That's exactly right with the proverb.

    Teach a man Debian and he will learn Debian, teach a man Fedora and he will learn Fedora, but teach a man Slackware and he will learn Linux.
    Posted 09-08-2011 at 10:04 PM by ReaperX7 ReaperX7 is online now
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    There is no "easy" transition to Linux.

    These "user-friendly" distros are also usually "admin-angry". Yes, they made many "common" tasks easier, but also made the others - if you want to do something unusual or in different manner - harder. On our "home" computer distros changed this way: OpenSuse -> Ubuntu -> Debian. For some time Ubuntu seemed to be nice, but when something broke every new release, I switched to Debian. It's easy to use (like Ubuntu) and easy to take care of.

    Besides different habits from other systems, I found out that Linux/Unix file organization is confusing for newbies. I mean, in Linux there is one tree with many strangely named branches. While on Windows you have multiple trees for multiple hard drives/partitions - acting like separate box, cupboard, shelf,... - and system itself is in one directory, which is in my opinion more intuitive for human. "user-friendly" distros and WMs, of course, emulate this to certain extent, but if newbie encounter simple permission error like "cannot write to /media/sda3/foo/bar/" (What is that /media/sda/ nonsense? I just wanted to put it in 'Data' disk...) or have to set optical drive for some programs (vlc, xmms , dvd::rip, handbrake) he has to look it up in "strange" /dev/ directory (and wonder which one is right cdrom? dvd? sr0? sr1?)
    Posted 09-08-2011 at 11:19 AM by yenn yenn is offline
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    Should dependency resolving be made part of basic computer administration skills?

    In my opinion these not-so-often-needed skills are valuable, because there is always slight chance than you'll need them. On the other hand, outside Slackware world, I guess it's not mandatory, rather something like higher education, because there usually are tools (package management, grub auto-config, ...) which will help you handle these tasks.

    I think this proverb sums it up really good:
    If you learn Red Hat, you know Red Hat. If you learn Slackware, you know Linux.
    Posted 09-08-2011 at 09:45 AM by yenn yenn is offline
    Updated 09-08-2011 at 09:50 AM by yenn
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    There is no "easy" transition to Linux.

    Very true. I've often found the user-friendly distributions to be the biggest pains in the ass to deal with. I've found poor documentation, poor quality software, and even bad packing in some of the "user-friendly" distributions out there that claim to be "for newbies to Linux". Ubuntu has been the WORST system I've ever dealt with. I've used it more than enough to realize when an apple is rotten, and the same goes for Red Hat, Mandrake, and SuSE which all claim "user-friendly" but aren't. Seriously, if there was a grading scale for these distributions, I'd give them all an F- (if that is even possible).

    As far as the INIT scripting... I'd rather not go there... bad memories. I find rc.d scripts far simpler to use.

    BTW... I refuse to take a distributional exam for Linux if I ever took one. I'd rather take the CompTIA Linux+ exam that covers less generalized systems and more of the fundamentals you need to learn and have for administering Linux. Makes no sense to take an RHCE exam when you won't be using Red Hat, now does it?
    Posted 09-06-2011 at 11:35 PM by ReaperX7 ReaperX7 is online now
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    There is no "easy" transition to Linux.

    One thing I find infuriating about Linux is the fact that there are usually pretty standard ways of doing things (say, /etc/init.d/ scripts, for instance), but only a handful of distros really stick to it. On one distro it's expected you'll utilize init scripts, on another you're expected to use a graphical manager (which calls the f$*%ing init script anyways!), and on another you're expected to use some wrapper script BS. (Edit - I suppose this is more a feature of the "frankenOS" nature of Linux moreso than anything else, though).

    People have said that if you know one distro you know them all? For those people I challenge them to learn Debian then pass the RHCE exam. Doesn't work like that.

    And as for learning, you have to drop the "user friendly" disguise to really learn anything.
    Posted 09-06-2011 at 09:15 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 09-06-2011 at 12:56 PM by rocket357
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    There is no "easy" transition to Linux.

    I broadly agree with much of this except the bit about having to use the command line all the time. That simply isn't true. As an average user, you may occasionally have to use the command line but otherwise you can use it as often or little as you want depending on how you want to accomplish any given task. If your goal is to really learn 'Linux' then you will want to spend a fair amount of time using the command line because it is such a powerful tool.

    To a certain extent, I also disagree with the statement about no easy distributions. Most distros put a lot of effort into being easy to use so I thin there are some pretty noob friendly ones out there. I'm beginning to wonder if the popular ones are the noob friendly ones though...

    Apart from that, as I said, you talk a lot of sense.
    Posted 09-06-2011 at 02:26 AM by rich_c rich_c is offline

  



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