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Adventures with Slackware

Posted 01-06-2008 at 10:42 AM by SkinnerC

So my son tells me that Slackware is the way to go. I don't know one from the next so it's all good to me. I'm an escapee from the world of micro$HAFT. I did a lot of programming back when BASIC was the only choice. I repartitioned my HD and I was off.

First, I used a live CD to repartition my HD. I'm not the only user on this computer so I have to leave the other OS intact. I tried with Slackware to figure out how to change my partitions, but I was scared I would wreak something. So I found a graphical repartitioning program and made my changes. Hda1: XP, Hda2: Swap, Hda3: /, Hda4: /home.

Next I inserted my Slackware 12 DVD, and restarted my computer. The installation was flawless. The install program asked simple questions and gave clean examples. In about 3 minutes the install was happening.

Now that the OS is on my computer, there were a couple of more pieces to the puzzle to add. What are my network settings? This was easy only because I had been fighting with my other OS to get all my setting correct, so they were fresh in my head. What other services should start on boot? Well. here I had done my homework and read a bit and had already decided to us CUPS and Apachi. Bing, bang (no)boom, it was done!

Logged in as root, set up a new user and away I went :)

More to follow....
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