Welcome to LQ and Slackware!
In Slackware the file /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf contains the configuration settings
for network interfaces. The default file has 4 interface names. It is commented so
that you should understand how to use it. Don't forget to add your gateway, also.
For your LAN you'll find /etc/hosts especially useful.
You will also need to put your DNS nameservers in /etc/resolv.conf as onebuck stated.
After the two files are setup, as root issue "/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 restart" to restart
The Revised Slackware Book Project
would be beneficial reading for you. Chapter 5,
Network Configuration, should answer all these questions. If reading it still leaves
you with unanswered questions, please post back.
It might be interesting to note the release of Slackware-12.1 is imminent.
You will probably want to update, or install it fresh, when it's released.
Also, if you post your Slackware threads in the Slackware forum
, you'll get
faster attention from Slackers. Ubuntu tends to soak up the newbs well.
With Slackware it is not necessary to compile everything from source. The
fact is that Slackware is a binary based distro, but unlike Ubuntu, it does
provide all the tools necessary to compile new software if you want/need
to do so. Compiling from source is easily done in Slackware, and there
are lots of binary packages available, also.