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Old 05-18-2013, 12:08 PM   #16
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Maybe the slackers on here could help you with the install problem? I found one or two little niggles and I'm still learning enough to dare to install it as a main system on real hardware (installing it in VirtualBox as I type) but once it's there Slackware is certainly interesting to use.
 
Old 05-18-2013, 12:13 PM   #17
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They probably could, but currently I'm still going through trying things, and I have only 2 USB drives that I have to test out, so I only keep 2 distros available to install, and my test hardware gets reformatted regularly. Once I'm done trying out all kinds of distros on it, I'll probably go back and try to resolve them, but this test were basically "does it install without issue and function".
 
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I'll probably go back and try to resolve them, but this test were basically "does it install without issue and function".
I know what you mean -- sadly I don't have real machines to test on so I do a lot of that in VirtualBox and then go to a real hard drive when I'm happy enough I know how to proceed. Doesn't work out the details like a proper bare-metal install though.
 
Old 05-18-2013, 12:16 PM   #19
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I stay away from Gentoo because of the timeframe required to update. I don't leave my pc's on all the time, and so I need a full upgrade to take less than an hour often.
With a really fast machine, that is always the case even with Gentoo. I can barely remember an update which took as long as a whole hour. That would require at least the kernel, gcc, glibc, firefox and thunderbird to be updated at the same time to exceed that 1-hour mark. :P
 
Old 05-18-2013, 12:20 PM   #20
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Yeah, I use Debian heavily. I stay away from Gentoo because of the timeframe required to update. I don't leave my pc's on all the time, and so I need a full upgrade to take less than an hour often. I just want something DIFFERENT to also use. Slackware sadly failed to install, I was planning on using slapt-get for dependency resolution.

If Bridge ever gets their installer to work properly (currently I am unable to get it to install while using a separate /boot partition, it simply refuses to install a bootloader that points to anything other then / partition), I like the looks of that. Throw it on a laptop I don't use that often and keep nothing important on just to have an Arch based distro that I can reinstall every 2 weeks when the devs go after their latest shiny and break it.
For a nice Gentoo-based distro minus the installation/update time, I like Sabayon.

What did you run into on your Slackware installation?

For a nice lightweight Arch-based distro, I like Archbang more than Bridge. The installer seems to work pretty well for me.
 
Old 05-18-2013, 01:17 PM   #21
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Not sure if it was just the timeframe I tried it under, but archbang had nothing but issues when I tried it out. Wouldn't update anything because of missing dependencies. I didn't really spend any time troubleshooting, once I found that the dependencies that pacman required to update itself weren't on any of the repos, I simply moved on to something else.

As far as Slack failing, it installed grub incorrectly. It DID install, but it installed it that it didn't load. I know it was pointing to the correct drive, but I don't remember exactly what it go wrong. I just remember it couldn't load anything and would error out the instant it attempted to go past grub.
 
  


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