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Old 11-11-2004, 10:25 AM   #1
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Slackware 10 install question


I had a problem last night installing slackware 10.
I am a newb, and have only installed and used SUSE 9.0 ans FC2.
Suse was a cinch to install.
FC2 was easy as long as I didn't try to dual boot w/ XP.

Slackware was not as newb friendly, but I would like to try the distro on my Pentium 2 system. I got through the install, and booted it and I end up @ a prompt(bash?).

I log in as root with password from install.
I add a user.

Now what ?

I would like to use fluxbox. I thought thats where slackware would boot to.
Its the windows manager I selected.
I want to use flux or similar, because KDE and Gnome drag on my system.
I don't want pretty. I want fast.

Any help is appreciated. (Keep in mind I am a newb.).

system specs:
gateway g6-450
PII
Pc133 128MB
video card?
12Gb hd
DVD drive
 
Old 11-11-2004, 10:44 AM   #2
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if you installed X, try starting it at the command line by typing "startx"
 
Old 11-11-2004, 03:13 PM   #3
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Did you select fluxbox (or other) during the install? "startx" will load the default WM, which was chosen during the install process, most likely KDE or GNOME.
 
Old 11-11-2004, 04:18 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by Poetics
Did you select fluxbox (or other) during the install? "startx" will load the default WM, which was chosen during the install process, most likely KDE or GNOME.

I selected fluxbox when it gave me a choice of windows managers to use.

It had a bunch to choose from KDE GNOME BLACKBOX FLUXBOX etc. I was looking for something lighter and faster so I choose fluxbox.

I am at work now I will try startx when I get home. Thank you..
 
Old 11-11-2004, 06:04 PM   #5
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add "/usr/bin/gdm" or "/usr/bin/kdm" or "/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm" to /etc/rc.d/rc.local
 
Old 11-11-2004, 10:53 PM   #6
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Originally posted by karlan
add "/usr/bin/gdm" or "/usr/bin/kdm" or "/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm" to /etc/rc.d/rc.local
startx got me to fluxbox.

My ? is do I add "/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm" through vi?

My current rc.local looks like:

#!/bin/sh
#
#/etc/rc.d/rc.local :Local system initialization script.
#Put any local setup commands in here:
~
~
~
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Where would I put /usr/X11R6/bin/xdm?
HERE???
#!/bin/sh
#/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm
#/etc/rc.d/rc.local :Local system initialization script.
#Put any local setup commands in here:

???????

Remember I am a newb.

fluxbox is so nice... thanks for the help.
 
Old 11-11-2004, 11:35 PM   #7
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Does nothing:
Code:
#!/bin/sh
#/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm
#/etc/rc.d/rc.local :Local system initialization script.
#Put any local setup commands in here:
what you want to do:
1) uncomment ("#") command we want to run
2) move command to bottom for clarity
Code:
#!/bin/sh
#/etc/rc.d/rc.local :Local system initialization script.
#Put any local setup commands in here:
/usr/X11R6/bin/xdm
I personally recommend using kdm over xdm if you have kde installed, looks a lot nicer, and has more options

Last edited by karlan; 11-11-2004 at 11:36 PM.
 
Old 11-12-2004, 12:24 AM   #8
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Originally posted by karlan


I personally recommend using kdm over xdm if you have kde installed, looks a lot nicer, and has more options [/B]
I have been using SUSE 9 for a year with KDE on my wifes amd 2600+.
I really like KDE---Gnome is OK, but I really haven't tried any command line stuff.(bash)
I've learned more in two days with Slackware than a year with SUSE.

I am using flux, because I heard it was lighter, and faster.(no bloat.)
I just took FC2 off my P2 cuz it was sooooooo dam slow.
I got a P2 from work for free, and wanted to do something with it.
I now have slackware 10.
I might have to go with KDE. I couldn't find PPP in flux. I m sure there is a way to do it there, but I am still too noobish to figure out.

I will change rc.local to reflect your advice. Thank you.
 
Old 11-12-2004, 04:44 AM   #9
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DP,

I am in the exact same boat as you! I started on SuSE, and switched to Slack about two weeks ago, and have learned more in those two weeks than all my time with SuSE. Anyway, regarding PPP... I suggest you checkout dockapps.org.... they are a number of apps there that you can use... also remember that you can still run your KDE or Gnome packages from flux (if you installed the KDE / Gnome packages when you installed Slack) -

Regards,
Bruce
 
Old 11-12-2004, 10:17 AM   #10
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DP,

... also remember that you can still run your KDE or Gnome packages from flux (if you installed the KDE / Gnome packages when you installed Slack) -

Regards,
Bruce
I got flux started with startx. thanks to Genessee.

How do I start KDE or Gnome?

I am used to GUI. In every distro I have used before it was easy to move between kde --> gnome.

I am very interested in learning the information to be a power user one day, but my enemy is time. I only have x amount of minutes a night to commit to linux and my other interests. Ive already cut out TV for the most part. anyway..im rambling..

Thanks for the Help.
 
Old 11-12-2004, 10:26 AM   #11
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DP,

Are you giving up on flux? As an example of running KDE/Gnome apps from flux, simply open your favorite terminal and type kscd ... you should see the KDE CD player open.... Infact, right now, I am configuring flux with idesk which puts icons on your desktop.... let me know which way you would like to go with your setup.

Bruce
 
Old 11-12-2004, 10:36 AM   #12
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No I love flux.....
i am just to big a newb at this point to get everything working the way I like it.

Right now I don't even think I have my cd /dvd up and working.

I have alot of reading to do.

And alot of forum time and IRC time in the future.( i am still new to these also.)

I wish I had more people close to ask these questions of.
I have no friends really interesterd in computers, and the local lug is friendly, but I feel like a dumb ass asking a million ?'s and taking up everyones time.

Rambling again...

I would like to have PPP set up. DVD/CD playing and burning. Maybe Skype up and running.
These are my short term goals. I would like to update flux to .9? I like the idea of transparent window. I would like to get my desktop configured the way I like.

PPP is the most important.

Thanks for the help.
 
Old 11-12-2004, 10:51 AM   #13
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DP,

Have you searched sourceforge.net for a PPP app? I don't use it, but I seem to remember KDE having a couple utils for PPP. Okay, check this out.... open a terminal and go to /opt/kde/bin see that huge list... those are kde apps.... IN FACT, I just saw kppp. just type kppp at the prompt and you should be good to go. Let me know if that worked.

Bruce
 
Old 11-12-2004, 11:07 AM   #14
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I used kppp before with kinternet.

by command line you mean a bash prompt?

How do I get programs listed in flux or iconified on the desktop?( not sure I want icons.- just used to them in suse and fc2.)
or how do I add programs to flux?

Again I am used to the super newb friendly gui frontends to everything.
I have not used vi or bash on a regular basis. I have never tried emacs.......etc.


Bruce, any guidance you can give me is greatly appreciated.

I gotta get back to work....I will check this thread tonight.
Thanks for alll your input.
 
Old 11-12-2004, 11:30 AM   #15
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Okay... let's tackle one issue at a time here... you said that ppp was crucial... so now you have it with kppp (yes at the BASH prompt) - Now beyond this, I highly recommend that you get friendly with your favorite terminal. Today, just by googling around I went from stock flux, to dev flux, transparency, icons... the works. You say you have limited time? Then pick a single goal for the week. Perhaps icons, perhaps transparency etc... it's up to you. Honestly moving from SuSE has been quite the experience. With SuSE I would just download RPM's all day long, (then fought dependencies)... Now with slack, I spend 90% of my time just reading about Slack. Don't be in such a hurry for the shiny setup. Of course you will do what you want, but trust me on this one. Shoot, sometimes I will just read through random posts in the slack forum cause you never know what little nugget of information you will find. Okay, stepping down from the soapbox now

Regards,
Bruce
 
  


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