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Then click on 'Get Slack', follow to your nearest mirror, go to the 9.1-iso directory in 'slackware' and grab 'install' disk 1. Grab 2 if you want Gnome or KDE (or both - I forget which is which) or all four if you want all kinds of stuff - or the source disks, too, if you want. Most people do fine with the first disk or two.
Burn the ISO - set BIOS to boot from CD - insert CD - reboot. Read the intro screen, then do 'fdisk' and then run 'setup' and follow through the installer menus. Reboot. Enjoy.
An ISO-file is a complete image ready to burn on a CD. My CD-burner is on my Windows-only machine, but I believe that most burning software can handle burning an ISO-file. Don't burn it as one single file on the CD. When finished, you should be able to see a lot of files on the CD.
The BIOS contains settings for your hardware. You access it by a special key-press when the system boots up. Usually 'DEL' 'ESC' or 'F10'. The key in question is often stated on that first screen when the system boots. There should be a section called "Boot sequence" or something. There you can set in which order the drives are polled for a media to boot from. A good setting is "A / CD-ROM / C". This means that the computer boots from a floppy, if present, if it isn't then it boots from a CD, if present, otherwise boot from HDD.
Thanks, Martin. You're pretty concise and to the point there, yourself.
I think I was a little off, though. I'd assumed most mirrors would have gotten around to it now but, strictly speaking, a 'mirror' wouldn't have the iso's. And, looking around, most don't. So maybe just substitute http://linuxiso.org/distro.php?distro=17 for 'slack mirror'. They only seem to offer two and not all four but, like I say, the first one or two will do.
the only problem is that i have no idea how to set it up
....... adding to that - a simple partitioning scheme such as a Root and Swap partition is sufficient to start with Slackware whether on its own or alongside other distros - if you've already got a Linux distribution on your drive then during setup you'll be able to choose whether you want to use its Swap space with Slack aswell - just say yes ( you can share Swap space amongst distros ).