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Old 06-24-2004, 09:56 PM   #1
12Iceman
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A mix of questions relating to slackware 10.0 upgrade


Here are my questions, any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

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a. I just purchased a 4CD set of Slackware 10.0 off of eBay to replace slackware 9.1 (I am still on 56k, which sucks) and was debating about the easiest way to upgrade. I have /home on a seperate partition so my first thought was to simple erase / and reinstall slackware 10.0.

b. Another option i was thinking about was setting swaret to install the new packages from the slackware 10.0 cds to update my system without losing my current configuration. Any advice or tips on this method would be appreciated. Keep in mind i have 56k so i can't download new packages from slackwares ftp site (well i can but it would take days).

2.) I was wondering whether or not the ATI fglrx drivers would work with Xorg, which is supplied by slackware 10. I have googled the question and found conflicting answers from different people. Also does anyone know how open source ATI driver development (i have a 9600XT) is going ( i need DRI since i play ut2004).

3.) Why does slackware not include openoffice.org like most other distributions. I was trying to install it from the rpms on my RedHat 9 cds but i havn't had much luck and have not had a chance to get around to figuring out the problem (56k inspires alot of improvising to get what i want).
 
Old 06-24-2004, 10:08 PM   #2
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i would say if you are facing having to reinstall anyway, you might as well try upgrading first from the slack 10 cds. if it doesn't work or you run into problems (or the infamous relocation error ) you are no worse off for trying, except for an hour or so of your time. and you might be able to avoid reinstalling altogether.

out of curiousity, do you mind if i ask how much you paid for the cds, and if you bought them from an individual or a business? thx.
 
Old 06-24-2004, 11:28 PM   #3
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There's a file (it should be on first cd) called upgrade.txt or UPGRADE.txt or upgrade without the extention (i don't remember) that tells you exactly how to upgrade without having to reinstall, format or whatever

The ati drivers seems to work (there are other posts about it)

You should get openoffice from it's page, i did that and found it was very easy to install (comes with a installer) just by reading the easy to follow instructions

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Old 06-24-2004, 11:48 PM   #4
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out of curiousity, do you mind if i ask how much you paid for the cds, and if you bought them from an individual or a business? thx.
I bought them from bigcatz9 for $0.99 + $4.00 shipping = $4.99 total. I have done business with him before (Slackware 9.1) and he has fast shipping and the cds are cheap and work great.
 
Old 06-24-2004, 11:52 PM   #5
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There's a file (it should be on first cd) called upgrade.txt or UPGRADE.txt or upgrade without the extention (i don't remember) that tells you exactly how to upgrade without having to reinstall, format or whatever
Thanks for the tip i will make sure to check that out.
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The ati drivers seems to work (there are other posts about it)
I saw the other post before anyone replied to it and google gave conflicting answers, but thanks for confirming what i thought.
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You should get openoffice from it's page, i did that and found it was very easy to install (comes with a installer) just by reading the easy to follow instructions
I would but i am on 56k and OpenOffice.org is a big download. Thats why i was trying to get it off my RedHat9 cd.
 
Old 06-24-2004, 11:56 PM   #6
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I see, i just checked and OpenOffice people don't offer their cds online :/
If you really want it maybe you can contact someone in their page to get the cds, mm i just can't stand why they don't sell them...
 
Old 06-24-2004, 11:57 PM   #7
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if you want to do that (use an rpm) you can try rpm2tgz.
 
Old 06-25-2004, 12:55 AM   #8
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thats what i tried to do, i used rpm2tgz to convert the openoffice-1.0.2-4.i386.rpm and openoffice-libs-1.0.2-4.i386.rpm to .tgz format and then install them with installpkg but i got errors when i try to ran oowriter or any other openoffice.org program.

I guess i could try getting it off another cd i have (Red Hat 9, Slackware 9.1, Knoppix 3.4, Slax 4.1.2, FreeBSD 5.2.1) but the RedHat seemed like the most viable option because slax and knoppix use compresed fs images instead of packages.

EDIT: i know, ill just boot up knoppix and copy all the openoffice.org files over to my home directory and then install them in my / directory. not the cleanest way to do it, but it might work as long as i dont run into dependancy problems.

EDIT: well i tried that, but its in german, too bad.

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