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Old 11-15-2003, 03:28 AM   #1
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Some Help Installing Slackware 9.1


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Slackware seems to be favorite among "cutting-edge hackers" who like being close to the operating system and hardware--we did not use it so this is hearsay. We would have trouble recommending Slackware for Linux newbies. Says Bill Staehle: "The real 'reason' for a newbie to avoid Slackware is that it is much more command line oriented, and lacks some of the 'cutsie slick and drool' tools that the other distributions have."
I found that in a guide that helped me very little. I'm not rather intimidated cause I'd like to learn but I still want a Graphic Environment, not a command line alone.

Can anyone recommend a good newbie guide for installing Slackware 9.1? Thank you...
 
Old 11-15-2003, 03:38 AM   #2
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How about this: http://slackware.com/install/ or http://slackware.com/book/ ?

If you want X Graphic Environment try on of these:

xfree86setup
xf86cfg
xf86config

Don't forget to install the X series.

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Old 11-15-2003, 03:38 AM   #3
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The install is easy as Windows.
 
Old 11-15-2003, 03:39 AM   #4
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Good job - sounds like a pretty lame article. You could try the install guide at the Slackware site itself. It's somewhat dated but still accurate in essentials and there is

http://members.cox.net/laitcg/new/intro.html
http://slackbook.yoshiwara.org.uk/

which has some tips and an in-progress update to the book. And Slackware has KDE, Gnome, and even Dropline Gnome and all the rest (everything other distros have and more, in other words) - it's not short on the GUI at all - it's just that most sysadmin is done via the command line and text files.


-- And you can't beat the help at the LQ Slack forum. *lol*

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Old 11-15-2003, 04:07 AM   #5
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How should I split up my drive? I'll be using my Slave HDD which is 8GB... I'm guessing 500MB for the swapfile but what else?
 
Old 11-15-2003, 04:11 AM   #6
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Well, depends on what you intend to install and what your usage is. For a home system with a full install you don't need a complicated partition scheme. Say 2-3 gigs for root and your 500 meg swap (could probably do less - I've got 512 to match my RAM but never use it) and the rest for /home. Or you could get more creative. The Slack book discusses some of that and there are many threads on the subject around LQ. There is no 'right' or 'wrong', as long as you don't run out of room.

Of course, that won't leave you much room for additional apps if you don't just stick them in your home directory. But if you do a selective install or don't intend to add a lot it should be good. A lot of people (including myself) have a separate /usr or /usr/local partition. (But then again, I put my /home directory in /usr/local and stuck the whole thing on a separate partition.)

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Old 11-15-2003, 04:13 AM   #7
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Thank you for your help. I'm off to install Slackware now. I'll be back, I just KNOW I'll have more questions. Oh well, at least I'm learning here. And off I go. Wish me luck!
 
Old 11-15-2003, 04:16 AM   #8
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It depends on how much RAM your box got.

If your ~512MB you don't really need the swap space but i suggest
~256MB

~1500 - 2000MB for the / partition system files

The rest for /home, your files and ftp site!?

Not the best choice!? Dunno thats how i set it up 8)

Don't forget to put the lilo on /dev/hda MBR so it can boot win/linux

have fun 8)
 
Old 11-15-2003, 04:17 AM   #9
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Good luck! Really - best advice: read all the documentation at the website, learn where the documentation that comes with your system is on your computer and read that when it relates to an issue you're having. Failing that, google for it and search LQ. It's a rare issue that doesn't get solved with those steps. If it does, then there's folks here to give interactive help.
 
  


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