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Old 01-17-2006, 11:16 AM   #1
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Installing Slashcode


Hello,

I did a search for 'slashcode' and did not find much. However, I did come to this site again and again as I tried to resolve problems installing slash. So I thought I'd ask this question here and since I'm a total Linux n00b I'm asking here.

Basically, I want to get Slashcode up and running. I don't have any particular reason I want to do this but mostly for fun and to play with it and because I have a spare laptop that I can use for such experimenting. I would say I've put about 50 hours into the "project" so far and the closest I got was with a Debian install and that would only work on localhost (when I tried to go to the IP from another computer on my network all the perl stuff was busted). I do have the errors that it gave but I'm not really asking about that...I blew away that install a long time ago.

What I AM asking is this: assuming one has a blank x86 system what is the simplest path to a working slashcode install? I've tried using the various instructions found at slashcode.com and a few others but none that I have found, so far, take you from blank system to working slashsite. This, to me, is kinda weird because usually I can find stuff like that and if I'm not too interested in learning details you can often find a cookbook "do these steps" as long as you have a system without pre-existing configurations. Not so with slashcode...all the install instructions start with an assumption you have a working distro and know how to get your hands all over make and configure and a lot of stuff I don't particularly care to learn at this time.

Assuming there are no good answers to the above, I am offering a $200 bounty (paid via paypal) to anyone who can write a guide that will get me from a blank Inspiron 4100 to a working slashcode sitethat can serve the slash site to another computer on my LAN. I'll work with you over IM (mikeurl on AIM and conscioussystem on yahoo) and we'll make the guide freely available to others who want to use it. I know $200 isn't much for the amount of effort this would take but I think it would be a valuable service not just for me but for anyone else who is looking for such a guide.

Regards,

Mike
 
Old 01-19-2006, 04:50 AM   #2
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I don't have any particular reason I want to do this but mostly for fun and to play with it and because I have a spare laptop that I can use for such experimenting.
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all the install instructions start with an assumption you have a working distro and know how to get your hands all over make and configure and a lot of stuff I don't particularly care to learn at this time.
These two statements seem to be at odds with each other. Either you want to experiment and play around, or you don't.

Why don't you just buy this:
http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...sbn=0596001002

Considerably cheaper than $200. BTW, I think offering bounties is frowned upon here, but maybe not.
 
Old 01-19-2006, 11:12 AM   #3
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Well, I want to experiment with what I want to experiment with. I did get it working last night after a lot of reading on the stuff I didn't particularly want to mess with so as it turns out I had to do it anyway! I saw that book a while ago and read several reviews about it. It is both old and not very big on details of the actual installation. It is more geared to how to run the site properly once it is actually running.

Of course my success means the offer is retracted (not that anyone was interested). I don't know if the bounty idea was a good one or not but I did read the forum rules before I made the offer to make sure it was not explicitly against the "rules". It seems to me that me paying for something to be made freely available is at the very essence of how open source is able to work at all. People with money contribute to the cause because they want to see it develop. Since I did it myself I'm figuring out what org to donate the $200 to.

Suggestions?
 
Old 01-19-2006, 11:23 AM   #4
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Yeah, what about LQ itself? I'm sure it can't be cheap for Jeremy to run LQ, and I don't know how much revenue the strategically placed adverts bring in, but LQ does allow you to donate to the cause.
 
Old 01-19-2006, 03:29 PM   #5
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It is both old and not very big on details of the actual installation.
OK, well, I don't have this book, I just read the blurb and it said it explained "both simple and complex installations" so I figured it would have your step by step instructions.

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I don't know if the bounty idea was a good one or not but I did read the forum rules before I made the offer to make sure it was not explicitly against the "rules".
I'm not concerned about that personally, I was just giving a heads up, as bounties have been offered before and it seems to me the threads were closed, but hey, I may be wrong

Either way, good to see you got it going now...
 
Old 01-19-2006, 04:09 PM   #6
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Bulliver is right, we don't offer payment or let anyone else offer payment to our members. If the money is burning a hole in your pocket, I am very sure that Jeremy would be absolutely overjoyed to put it towards a new server and you get a cool Contributing Member title. As modelled in this thread by Bulliver
 
Old 01-20-2006, 12:13 AM   #7
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Thanks. I'm not trying to be a smartass but why is it wrong to offer money for help with something? Especially if the end product is to be made freely available. I suppose it could be liability issues? In any case I would not do it again, I'm just curious.

As I thought about the 200$ today I thought it makes sense to spread it around to all the areas that were helpful to me on this quest. And since it is still ongoing I'm not done figuring that out yet. I'm in the process of using no-ip.com to make the slashsite fully functional. I want to have my guide go from blank system to full on world accessable slashsite with a cost of exactly $0.
 
Old 01-20-2006, 04:57 AM   #8
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The reasons are (broadly) twofold - the first is that LQ isn't a jobs board, there's a raft of legal issues to go through if we were to become one. The second is that we'd end up being an auction board rather than a help forum, with fixes going to the highest bidder.

Since no one gets paid for the work here (and that includes Jeremy and the mods) it's best not to offer at all. Like I said above, if you do want to offer money, I would either become a contributing member or offer to donate money to the project of the person's choice.
 
Old 01-21-2006, 05:28 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by XavierP
The reasons are (broadly) twofold - the first is that LQ isn't a jobs board, there's a raft of legal issues to go through if we were to become one. The second is that we'd end up being an auction board rather than a help forum, with fixes going to the highest bidder.

Since no one gets paid for the work here (and that includes Jeremy and the mods) it's best not to offer at all. Like I said above, if you do want to offer money, I would either become a contributing member or offer to donate money to the project of the person's choice.
That makes sense.

Well, joining as a contributing member for a year is a no-brainer. Going to do that as soon as my new budget cycle begins on the first!
 
  


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