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Enabling Hardware Acceleration with X11 and the DRI.

Posted 06-19-2012 at 11:41 PM by ReaperX7
Updated 07-25-2012 at 11:27 PM by ReaperX7

Getting video hardware to work on Linux is far from painful, especially on Slackware.

Note: A steps taken are done as admin "root".

Step 1: Configuring the X-Server.

Setting up the X-Server is fairly simple. Run command:
at a command prompt and it takes care of most of the basics for you, and usually handles all the defaults fairly well, but there are some exceptions.

Step 2: Confirm your driver is setup...
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Proper method to update a Slackware Release to Current.

Posted 06-10-2012 at 10:41 PM by ReaperX7
Updated 07-31-2012 at 10:35 PM by ReaperX7

There are a lot of old issues about performing an upgrade from a release version of Slackware to a current one, but the process is very easy, but you need to do some preparations beforehand.

The first tool you should use is simply a web browser. Navigate to the slackware website at:

Check first in the /Slackware(64)/A and check both the latest release and current to see if these three releases have been upgraded:

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Saved from post: Getting Broadcom STA working for non-firmware wireless adapters

Posted 09-28-2011 at 10:12 PM by ReaperX7

I recommend using the SlackBuild script to install this driver to a manageable directory.

There are several open source drivers that are used to drive Broadcom 802.11 chips such as b43 and ssb. They will conflict with this driver and need to be uninstalled before this driver can be installed. Any previous revisions of the wl driver also need to be removed.

The ssb driver must be removed (by hand or script) before wl is loaded. The wl driver will not function
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Should dependency resolving be made part of basic computer administration skills?

Posted 09-07-2011 at 09:12 PM by ReaperX7
Updated 09-07-2011 at 10:36 PM by ReaperX7

Honestly as a Slackware user I'm very well skilled in this trait and can easily manage my own system, but what about automated package management distributions? Sure you can have a system hold your hand and walk you through in baby steps, but what about that rare case when a dependency is not resolved by the package management system because the package is obscure enough not to have a mainstream dependency file? What then? Honestly, I have ran across some of these. I've had to often do hour long...
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There is no "easy" transition to Linux.

Posted 09-05-2011 at 10:12 PM by ReaperX7

I've been using Linux on and off for the past ten years or so and at first, even I was very intimidated by the OS. It took a lot of researching and also a lot of trial and error before I settled in on my current distribution, Slackware. I've had the opportunity and unfortunate privilege of trying out other distributions that were more or less a migraine. Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE, Ubuntu, and a few others I've forgotten over the years.

As a user of Linux I've been ridiculed in college...
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