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Slackware-13.1-Hacks-Font Improvements

Posted 02-16-2011 at 04:21 PM by arniekat

Font Improvements

Dugan Chen did a very good job of creating the SlackBuilds and providing the source for rebuilding the Slackware packages to get better fonts. I use the Ubuntu Font Improvements and am very happy with them. This is a condensed run-down of the information he provided along with my own information/settings.

From Dugan Chen's Website

These SlackBuilds build for Ubuntu-style rendering by default. To get Cleartype-style...
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Slackware-13.1-Hacks-Opera Hardening

Posted 02-16-2011 at 03:42 PM by arniekat

Opera Web Browser Hardening

These are the settings I use on Opera, however you may go more stricter or looser with your security settings depending on your needs.

The current version available from is Opera-11.01. After compiling and installing Opera, run the application and do the following:

Click Menu (Upper Left-Hand Corner) > Settings > Preferences OR CTRL+F12

General Tab > Startup "Start with a Home Page"...
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Slackware-13.1-Hacks-Hosts File

Posted 02-16-2011 at 02:34 PM by arniekat

Hosts File

Note-The IP Addresses and Hostnames are made up for this example.

The Hosts file contains a list of IP Addresses mapped to Host Names. It is loaded into memory when your start your computer. Look at the file /etc/HOSTNAME

# cat /etc/HOSTNAME

It will have the Host Name of your computer, which you provided when you installed Slackware. But how is it mapped to an IP address? By looking at the /etc/hosts...
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Slackware-13.1-Hacks-Firefox Hardening

Posted 02-13-2011 at 09:55 PM by arniekat

Mozilla-Firefox Hardening

The current version of Firefox for Slackware 13.1 is mozilla-firefox-3.6.13 from the patches directory. Always use the latest version to get the latest security updates.

If you want to play Flash content, compile and install flash-player-plugin (10.3_d162) from The older versions had some serious security issues. I installed the plugin, then visited the Adobe Flash website so Adobe Flash will store a cookie on my computer....
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Posted 02-11-2011 at 02:22 PM by arniekat

UFW - Uncomplicated Firewall

This firewall for Linux allows you use plain English to control the iptables rules. It is a Command-Line program, but is very easy to create a simple firewall to protect your box.

You need to compile and install this from SlackBuilds:


NOTE - has the current version ufw-0.30. You can also get the source code for any version at

Modify rc.local...
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