try this: first must make sure your CD rom is set up in your device files. /dev directory that is.
make sure you have something like this in your fstab file ../etc/fstab
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 noauto,ro,usr 0 0
(all one line) the /dev/cdrom can also be your hdb, however it is setup as primary or secondary controller.. on the first ide... etc
then make sure you have an empty directory /mnt/cdrom/
then use the command:
then go to the directory /mnt/cdrom/ and your cd files should be there.
even though, i don't have an entry for my cdrom in fstab, i can still mount my cdrom with no problem.
well, i won't discuss in details about slack vs debian.. lets just say i like them both and recommend them for advanced users.
oh you can find some more solutions if that first one doesn't work here: http://www.computing.net/linux/wwwboard/forum/6331.html