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So, I've decided to roll with a Slackware 12.0 install. I've installed it fine, but now I have a few questions. I can't connect via. wireless, what do I need to do (specifically) to get rid of this problem? Also, I've edited a file under root by typing the command vigr to change a few things, and I've forgotten what to type after. This is my first "real" distro (used Ubuntu but it was too windows-ish, and then backtrack 2 but it was stripped down alot).
What kind of wireless adapter do you have? Post the output of lspci or lsusb, depending on whether it's a PCI or USB device. Presumably you want to save the changes you made with vigr, so you'll want to type ":wq" to write and quit (you may also want to learn vi/vim!).
Since your wireless card is using an Atheros chipset, the first thing you'll want to do is get the MadWifi drivers and install them. You'll also need to do some configuration in /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf (or rc.wireless.conf, but I use the former and it works fine), but we'll get to that later. Also, you do have a regular user account to use and aren't using root all the time, right?
There are many threads inside the "Linux - Networking" and Slackware forums in regards to wireless networking and Slack. I'm sure some searching around will yield great results.
Learning Slackware is not an overnight process, but it is one that will be very rewarding -- you can take the knowledge of how your system works and apply it to most any linux machine in the wild; instead of learning how to use a wizard, you will understand how the underlying files are altered, created, or deleted as the case may be.