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Old 03-20-2004, 04:54 PM   #1
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A few Slackware questions (I'm a newbie)


Today I downloaded and installed Slackware, which is only second distro of Linux (first was Redhat). During the setup when it asked for what I wanted my default theme thing (forget proper name but the KDE/Gnome etc) I put gnome. Now whenever I start Slackware the only way I can do anything is if I do startx after logging in. This takes me to my default gnome, how do I change what my default theme thingy is? Like say I wanted to use KDE instead of gnome. I'm not sure what the other options are as I've only heard of those two. Also, during the isntall it asked to setup a network etc, I just clicked cancel since it said I could do it later. Now that I actually want to get on the internet I want to know how to do it..how do I change my network/internet config? I have a linksys wireless router and an onboard lan..will this still work? Thanks for the help. Also I've seen in many Linux screenshots that people have their toolbar of icons in the middle bottom/side/top etc. I'd rather have something like that than the standard Windows looking setup (clock in the right, menu on the left) do I need to install a new theme for that (thus needing to have the internet setup)? I've also noticed a lot of screenshots have things such as transparency and system stats..is that part of the theme as well?

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Old 03-20-2004, 05:05 PM   #2
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Like say I wanted to use KDE instead of gnome. I'm not sure what the other options are as I've only heard of those two.
from the cli try xwmconfig

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Also, during the isntall it asked to setup a network etc, I just clicked cancel since it said I could do it later. Now that I actually want to get on the internet I want to know how to do it..how do I change my network/internet config?
also from the cli try netconfig

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I'd rather have something like that than the standard Windows looking setup (clock in the right, menu on the left) do I need to install a new theme for that (thus needing to have the internet setup)? I've also noticed a lot of screenshots have things such as transparency and system stats..is that part of the theme as well?
all part of your desktop configuration. you can configure it however you please.
good luck.

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Old 03-20-2004, 05:05 PM   #3
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Just type:
#xdmconfig
then select your window manager - I think KDE is the one that you can set the bar in the middle of the page.

You could also try running kdm or gdm - that is a login manager and you can use different users and different window managers. Just watchout for typing in xdm. That is a more 'secure' login front that is hard to remove!
 
Old 03-20-2004, 05:07 PM   #4
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To change your window manager or desktop environment use xwmconfig, that will allow you to choose what to start when you startx. You can also edit your ~/.xinitrc by hand.

For networking take a look at the relevant part of the slackware book: http://www.slackware.com/book/index....rce=c1063.html

Your desktop config is dependent on what desktop environment or window manager you're using, the config tools will be part of that - eg. on KDE, use the control center (type kcontrol in a terminal) to set up where your toolbars etc go.

Transparency (eg for a terminal) is dependent on what terminal you use. I'm not sure what you mean by system stats, but it's probably an app called gkrellm (google for it).

Edit: damn I gotta type faster next time. :P
 
Old 03-20-2004, 05:19 PM   #5
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I found another networking post and did what it said (ipconfig /all on windows)

This was the output:

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Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
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C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : VALUED-B4B48255
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Linksys Wireless-G USB Network Adap
er
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-41-DB-94-31
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 68.10.16.30
68.10.16.25
68.9.16.30
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Saturday, March 20, 2004 2:33:59 PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, March 21, 2004 2:33:59 PM
Note: none of those ips are my real IP (which I don't think I need to post) 192.168.1.101 is my router IP. I don't see any of the domain/etc.. stuff that is asked for when I do the network setup in terminal.
 
Old 03-20-2004, 05:36 PM   #6
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Just select to use dhcp to automatically connect and get an ip from your router... unless you're actually hosting a website on your box, then for the domain and hostname, just make them up and use whatever you want.
 
Old 03-20-2004, 05:38 PM   #7
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Nope, not hosting anything on my box. Do I still need to install router software and stuff?
 
Old 03-20-2004, 05:42 PM   #8
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You'll need the dhcp, tcpip, ppp and pppoe packages and you should be good to go (I think most of those are in n/).
 
Old 03-20-2004, 05:58 PM   #9
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What I did was:

Hostname: VALUED-B4B48255 (as it said on ipconfig all)
Domain: matt (since I don't think this matters)
I left the rest blank like I was told so DHCP does the rest...is this wrong because it's still not working...
 
Old 03-20-2004, 06:15 PM   #10
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Your domain should have a tld extention, eg. hostname.example.org

I believe you will need to either reboot or run your rc.inet1 script to start your ethernet connection, I've never setup a router post-install though. Post error messages if you have them.
 
Old 03-20-2004, 06:36 PM   #11
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Why do I need a tld extension if I'm not going to be hosting a site or anything?
 
Old 03-20-2004, 06:42 PM   #12
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It's just good practice, if you do ever host a domain then it won't resolve unless you have a tld.
 
Old 03-20-2004, 06:45 PM   #13
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Well, I went back and reconfigured. I did the same hostname and then did 'matt.example.org' (I couldn't think of anything else) and then I just left the rest blank. It's still not connecting to the internet (even after I restarted), what's rc.inet1 and how do I run it. Is it needed?
 
Old 03-20-2004, 06:47 PM   #14
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Are you getting any error messages? Is your network card set up? Can you ping the router?
 
Old 03-20-2004, 06:49 PM   #15
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Not any error messages except that it can't find the website. My network card is onboard, I don't think the driver disk will work with Linux though.
 
  


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