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Old 02-24-2003, 07:38 PM   #1
greenareyou
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trying to figure out slackware


I'm new to linux and I just installed slackware. I know slackware is supposed to be hard, but I have a lot of time on my hands and don't have any money or time to download anything else. So here's my questions. I installed slackware and "loadlin" didn't work. I read some other option on slackware.com and tried to do it, but I couldn't boot that way either. So I booted from the floppy boot disk I made during installation. It seemed to work fine but when I get into slackware and log on nothing happens. I know this is probably a really stupid newbie question, but isn't there supposed to be some sort of graphical interface. I saw some screenshots of gnome and it wasn't just white print on a black screen. So I was wondering if someone could tell me what's going on and if you know of a good newbie guide I would be greatful


thanks
 
Old 02-24-2003, 07:45 PM   #2
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After installing Slack, you need to configure X logged in as root first as it doesn't do this during the initial install.

Type: xf86config

Configure X by following the steps. If all goes well and configures, at the prompt now setup a new user as you don't want to be logged in as root since its a security risk.

Type: adduser

Add your new user following the steps it provides.

After creating your new user, logout root by typing exit and then login as your new user you created.

Now at the command type startx to start X, other wise known as the GUI. If you ever login and need to perform something as root, just type su - and it will prompt for root's password, then you can reconfigure whatever necessary.

Hope this helps, if you run into any problems, doesn't hurt to search this site for answers, can't find it, ask away.

Welcome ot LQ and Linux. And you picked the best distro to start with.
 
Old 02-25-2003, 01:55 PM   #3
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just as an add on with regards to x86config. It would be a good idea to find out ahead of time what the horizontal and vertical sync range of your monitor.
 
Old 02-25-2003, 07:46 PM   #4
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If you did the full install type "mc" after logging in. You shou;d get GNU's Midnight Commander. It's an excellent console file manager and very user friendly.
 
Old 02-26-2003, 12:24 AM   #5
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everyone, thanks for the help. I'm now on my way to becoming a slack fanatic (hopefully.) But I am still wondering what is the best way to learn linux. If anyone knows of any good slack or just linux newbie guides I'd be greatful. I just want to understand the file system and be able to control my hardware. All help and advice is greatly appreciated.
 
Old 02-26-2003, 12:36 AM   #6
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http://wwwacs.gantep.edu.tr/linux/rute/
http://www.linuxnewbieguide.com/

Here's a couple to start.

Oh yeah,this one.
http://p-two.net/

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