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Old 01-24-2006, 03:28 PM   #1
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I have this old Compact Presario that pretty much sucks! Currently running WinXP but very very slowly! I'd like to switch it over to Slackware installing KDE.

Where do I start? Where's the best place to get (download) the OS? What I'd like to do is burn CDs and install it that way - can I do that?

Thanks in Advance!
 
Old 01-24-2006, 03:36 PM   #2
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First things first...Welcome to Linux Questions. There are thousands of posts on here related to your exact question. There is a search feature here that is very, very useful.
Secondly Slack is not so newbie friendly, however I am not one to tell you not to try.
http://slackware.com/getslack/
If your machine is old KDE is not going to run very nicely..it is a very power hungry WM.
Good Luck.
 
Old 01-24-2006, 03:39 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Good2Go
I have this old Compact Presario that pretty much sucks! Currently running WinXP but very very slowly! I'd like to switch it over to Slackware installing KDE.

Where do I start? Where's the best place to get (download) the OS? What I'd like to do is burn CDs and install it that way - can I do that?

Thanks in Advance!
As someone already advised, Slackware might not be the best choice for a beginner. How about Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.?

Will the machine boot from CD? If in doubt, you will find this in the BIOS configuration menu?
Installing form CD is the standard method for Linux.

Processor, RAM, HD size?
 
Old 01-24-2006, 03:40 PM   #4
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Welcome Good2Go,

You're making a good choice in switching to linux and better yet going with Slackware. The following link sends you to the slackware website mirror list where you can pick the location nearest to you and start downloading!

http://slackware.com/getslack/

Their site has some documentation on installing and configuring Slack, but your best bet is to visit this post:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=174447

A word of warning...If this is your first time using linux just know that Slackware needs a fair amount of manual configuration (without any gui). I do not say this to scare you away, but only to prepare you because slack is a great distrobution reguardless of your experience!

Cheers!

-Ab3n
 
Old 01-24-2006, 05:23 PM   #5
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Slack is not good for a begginer, but better than FC4 in almost every other aspect. PLEASE, DO NOT USE FC4!!! Ubuntu would be my recomendation, because my gf has installed it (no computer knowledge whatsoever) and it uses GNOME which is less resource-hungry.
 
Old 01-24-2006, 05:37 PM   #6
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dont listen, slackware is not newbie unfriendly. You will need some basic knowledge of what a partition is and how to make one, but its not so hard as it sounds.

Slackware is a breeze to install 9 out of 10 times (prolly 9.99/10). You will need disks 1 and 2 to install kde.

as long as you find out HOW to install before you do its very easy (use the tab key to move the selection, space to select/deselect, select the packages you want. Check what type of hardware you have beforehand though, and see if there are any known issues with linux.

Have a look at this site when its installed

http://shilo.is-a-geek.com/slack/

i pretty much follow these directions to the letter.
 
Old 01-24-2006, 05:51 PM   #7
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dont listen, slackware is not newbie unfriendly. You will need some basic knowledge of what a partition is and how to make one, but its not so hard as it sounds.

Slackware is a breeze to install 9 out of 10 times (prolly 9.99/10). You will need disks 1 and 2 to install kde.

as long as you find out HOW to install before you do its very easy (use the tab key to move the selection, space to select/deselect, select the packages you want. Check what type of hardware you have beforehand though, and see if there are any known issues with linux.

Have a look at this site when its installed

http://shilo.is-a-geek.com/slack/

i pretty much follow these directions to the letter.
Hmm... well you are right in some ways. But I had some really big trouble when I installed it fo the first time...(NO, I'm not an idiot...)
 
  


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