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Old 11-07-2013, 07:21 PM   #1
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Question About Downloading A Distribution


I am just curious to know how a distribution such as Slackware 14.1 (see ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-14.1/) is downloaded and an .iso file is created.

Do I have to download every single file and directory shown and then merge everything on a DVD as an .iso file, or what?

PS: I am well aware that Slackware is probably too difficult for a novice like me! I am just curious to know how it works since there is no .iso file posted on the site.
 
Old 11-07-2013, 07:29 PM   #2
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No, of course not. All distributions provide pre-made ISOs for download. But what you are looking at isn't where the ISOs are.

The preferred ISO distribution method for Slackware is to use Bittorrent. You can find the torrent files on the main site.
 
Old 11-07-2013, 07:32 PM   #3
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No, what you're looking at there is the package repository. If you go to the main page of the Slackware site and click "Get Slack", you will be offered options for downloading the installation .isos. Most other distros will offer similar links from their main pages.
 
Old 11-08-2013, 05:34 AM   #4
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First you are looking in the wrong directory, look inside ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackwar...ware-14.1-iso/. As suggested above, use a bittorrent client to download.

No it's not difficult to install. Just be careful with the disk partitioning part. Also when you are reading instruction/manual/guide, read them carefully and don't rush.

http://docs.slackware.com/slackware:install
 
Old 11-08-2013, 04:06 PM   #5
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No, Slackware is not too difficult if you are willing to learn. It was my first distro as well.

Great info here: SlackDocs. It has a walkthrough of installation and also a section on how to get the new system configured.
 
Old 11-11-2013, 05:54 PM   #6
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Thank you everybody for your suggestions. This thread is now closed.
 
Old 11-12-2013, 07:37 AM   #7
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I am just curious to know how a distribution such as Slackware 14.1 (see ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-14.1/) is downloaded and an .iso file is created.

Do I have to download every single file and directory shown and then merge everything on a DVD as an .iso file, or what?

PS: I am well aware that Slackware is probably too difficult for a novice like me! I am just curious to know how it works since there is no .iso file posted on the site.
Look at: Slackware 14.1 X86_32, X86_64 stable released. Torrents!

We encourage users to use torrents to relieve the loads on Slackware.com & mirrors. Once things start to settle after a new release then the ISO from one of the mirrors could be used. Please note that not all mirrors will provide Slackware ISO files;
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SlackwareŽ Mirrors:
Official List of Mirrors
AlphaGeek's Unofficial Mirror List <<<<<<< Great
LinuxQuestions.org > ISOs > SlackwareŽ
elektroni <-FTP
Oregon State <- FTP/HTTP + Open Source Lab + Hosting Policy + bandwidth of over 1 gigabit per second
AlienBase <- Alien_Bob's mirror + 'via http' + rsync://taper.alienbase.nl/mirrors/ + 'The physical server is on a gigabit Internet connection, so I guess I can offer a speedy mirror service! In fact, the mirrors are already complete. With a re-sync of several times a day, I hope to offer an up to date service.' Read the intro + Alien has always been unselfish when it comes to Slackware
The Linux Mirror Project <- Categories: Distributions, kernel & Applications
You could use;
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HOWTO make your own custom Slackware install disk <- Samac's LQ technique, some cautions but good. 'Here is a method of cutting your Slackware to fit you by using Alien_Bob's mirror-slackware-current.sh script
Alien_Bob is part of the Slackware team. You could use the mirror-slackware-current.sh script to create your ISOs' in desired format; CDs' or DVD. Read the script for information, well documented by Eric so you can work through the script.

TobiSGD provides;Slackware is now released as stable Slackware 14.1 for x86_32 & x86_64.

You could consider;
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Order the latest version of Slackware Linux on CD-ROM (6 CDs in all), or the whole distribution on a single DVD from The Slackware Store.
That way you support Slackware project.

Plus do not forget that Slackware forum is the official Slackware forum here at LQ.

EDIT
: Slackware 14.1 LQ ISO References, download & information

Hopefully, Welcome to Slackware.
Hope this helps.

Last edited by onebuck; 11-12-2013 at 07:43 AM. Reason: add LQ ISO links
 
  


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