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In slack 10.1 you have 5 or so window managers to choose from in the installer. There's KDE and GNOME, but you probably will want to go for a different one. IceWM, Fluxbox, stuff like that. All of them look really cool out of the box. KDE and Gnome are like windows, but can be customize, but IceWM and Fluxbox are right click based. You don't put stuff on your desktop in Fluxbox or the likes. When you start the x server there are a few icons on the sides and bottom, but no "start" like menu. You right click on the desktop and this is your "start" like menu.
Slacware installer is blue box heaven, menu driven, good stuff, not GUI. The first time (and all of time) you log into slackware, it is not a GUI. It looks like DOS.
then you get a promt, like DOS
This is useful for setting up anything especially video divers. If given the option in other distros I chose to do a test login for administrative purposes.
Once you log in, you type "startx" and the x server (GUI) starts
this is where it gets pretty
If you wanna be guided through this specifically just lemme know so I can have the time to do a fluxbox install or something
So fun!!! this is why i use linux!!! You sure can switch it using the command "xwmconfig". Thanks for asking Mr. noob57 you changed my life. it is so fun to switch. The way that Kimx said to do it is to set the default.
i tried all of the managers that came with slackware. Fluxbox lets you switch between several without restarting the xserver. IceWM is a sub manager of Fluxbox I think. I tried others that I had forgotten about. XFCE is very good, it is somewhere between the familiarity of KDE and GNOME and the modern right click efficiency, I love it. Blackbox is an extremely fast right click one, great stuff, try 'em all!!!
Just to let you know, you wont be able to play windows games under linux. So, dont get your hopes up. Well I suppose im wrong, you might be able to use wine, or even winex, but that could be a challange for a beignner. Just a good worning
Originally posted by GNUROCKS Just to let you know, you wont be able to play windows games under linux. So, dont get your hopes up. Well I suppose im wrong, you might be able to use wine, or even winex, but that could be a challange for a beignner. Just a good worning
Thanks for the warning...i wasnt expecting it to be easy...
Cedega is not free to get the precompiled packages, but you can download the source code. Your gonna need to learn to compile from source (ask me or look it up) Cedega plays windows games on linux. I have had more success with newer games, because in the old days everybody wrote their own engine and menus and sound and everything, but nowadays many games are based off an engine (i.e. quake, doom). I have got Jedi Knight II, Jedi Academy and others to run flawlessly in linux (Star wars battlefront up to 1.2 patch)
Anyways, its not easy your first time, but its always a breeze the second time around.
Im amazed noone has mentioned Ubuntu, BEST noob linux thing ever, garenteed to have no problems with drivers, apps etc.
Alot eaisier and alot cooler
Btw, linux is not going to be easy, ive only started to learn linux in the lasst couple o f weeks and i stil have not had a succesful installation. (and im a pretty advanced windows user). Probly would be really easy if i had a teacher or a handwritten book.
I tried Ubuntu and couldn't stand it. It was way too noob! It felt more controlling than a Microsoft product! (I login as root), Ubuntu doesn't even let you SU! You have to do "sudo" the fake root privileges which gave me problems. I could not install video drivers either because their "Konsole session" did not shut down the x server. (plus I don't like Gnome). Anyways, no hard feelings, ubuntu is well rounded, but not for me. (I'm a control freak when it comes to my OS) (If I recall correctly, the installer wasn't all that great) Just saying
Thanks for listening (lets not argue everybody has an opinion)
You can customize tons of things all by editing a text file. Application shortcut keys are awesome. Using the "useless" Fkeys and other key combinations I can now open over 20 programs all by hitting 1 key or a simple combo of keys.
Not to mention all the Themes and the fact you can make any app take an icon in the systray.
The fact that it uses about 1/4 of the ram KDE or Gnome uses is a big plus also.