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Old 06-10-2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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[ANNOUNCE] Install Slackware (13.37 through 14.1) in your native language.

Hi everybody,

Thanks to our translators, now you can install Slackware in your native language, if it is US English, French or Spanish (Latin America) -- more to come.

This stands for Slackware (32 or 64 bit) versions 13.37, 14.0 and 14.1 (known as current at time of writing).

The internationalized installer is called slint.

To know more about the slint project, see this thread and slint's website.

Slackware DVDs or ISOs including slint are not provided (yet?) but still, you are offered three ways of trying it:
(1) Make yourself a DVD ISO image of a complete Slackware distribution including slint.
(2) Make a bootable USB stick of slint (only the installer, packages not included).
(3) Make a bootable mini-ISO of slint (only the installer, packages not included).

How to do that depends on the option you select:

Option 1:
Go there and download the slint tarball and associated md5 file in the same directory.
At time of writing these files are slint-20130608.tar.xz and slint-20130608.tar.xz.md5
cd to the directory where you downloaded them and issue following commands:
md5sum -c slint-20130608.tar.xz.md5 # output should be "OK", else the tarball is corrupted
tar xf slint-20130608.tar.xz # this will create a sub-directory slint-20130608
cd slint-20130608
su # you need to become root for the next command
./ # follow instructions given by the script
Option 2 and 3:
Go to one of the sub-directories of (their name stands for <architecture (32 or 64 bit>-<version>) and follow instructions.

Whatever option you selected, you will get a bootable media of slint that you can use to install Slackware either on a physical or virtual machine.

If you choose option 2 or 3, you will need as source of packages another media. Be sure that it includes packages for the same architecture and version.

  • The kernel keymap used during installation depends on the language chosen. It is nevertheless possible to change it as soon as you run 'setup'.
  • At end of installation, slint will propose you to keep as defaults in the newly installed system the LANG parameter and the kernel keymap used during installation, and if you installed an X server a matching Xkeyboard layout and possibly variant.
  • To display available characters in the font used during installation (that depends on the language you choose), you can press Alt+F2 to get to another console, press [Enter] and type 'showconsolefont'
  • slint64-current can EFI boot on a virtual machine, but I couldn't try on a physical one as I don't own one, so reports of success or failure are welcome.
  • Booting slint on an USB stick in a VirtualBox virtual machine works, but installation in that VM is not possible because the Fat 32 partition of the USB stick has to be used as raw VDMK image (in VirtualBox parlance), that the VM uses as (virtual) hard disk. And the USB sticks we produce do not include a Linux partition.
  • In case you wonder, the USB image of slint64-current is very heavy, because hard links are not allowed on a FAT 32 partition. I'd be pleased to learn a way to circumvent that limitation.

Again, a huge thanks to our translators. I am confident that they will give us translations in more languages before release of Slackware 14.1. They are not yet all listed in slint's home page but that will be done tomorrow.

Please all users post in this thread your questions, remarks, requests for enhancements and bug reports.

EDIT But translators, reviewers and volunteers to do that please post in this other thread.

Have fun!

Last edited by Didier Spaier; 06-12-2013 at 02:07 PM. Reason: EDIT added.
Old 06-12-2013, 12:17 AM   #2
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Hello I want to translate it in Bulgarian but how to do this.Would you explain to me how to edit this file.
Is this is a correct way ?

msgstr "And here is my translation ?"

But when msgit is blank ?

msgid ""
"Please confirm the packages you wish to install from series A. Use the UP/"
"DOWN keys to scroll through the list, and the SPACE key to deselect any "
"packages don't want installed. You are cautioned against unselecting "
"REQUIRED packages. However, it's your system. :^) Press ENTER when you are "
msgstr ""
Old 06-12-2013, 12:51 PM   #3
Didier Spaier
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(1) Thanks for your offer to translate in Bulgarian. Please see instructions on (contribute to slint) and the file, create an account on Transifex (it's free) and request creation of a Bulgarian translation team for slint.

(2) Don't worry about msgid="" lines. It happens that when a message is split in several lines by the "msginit" command, that command add one line like this on top of the others. This doesn't matter at all as this splitting is only an optional convenience to the reader and translations do not have to match original message's line by line.

Furthermore it is requested that you use a specialized PO editor like 'lokalize' to translate and this editor won't show you null lines.

@all: this thread is for feedback for testers and end users of the installer, please translators and volunteers post here instead. Sorry I should have mentioned that in the first post of this thread.

EDIT. Done (first post edited).

Last edited by Didier Spaier; 06-12-2013 at 04:28 PM. Reason: EDIT added


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