Hey, I have been using Linux for one year now. Started from Mandrake, Redhat, Debian, to Fedora. Now I am considering to switch to Slackware. There's nothing wrong with other distroes. Now I use Fedora. There's nothing wrong with Fedora. But I want to try Slackware. I am interested in simplicity philosophy from Slackware distro. There is no hundred or thousand software pre-bundled in Slackware like in Debian, or Fedora with apt-get. I find my self wasting my time playing with software in Debian and Fedora. So I think Slackware simpilicity will save my time. Ok, there's something wrong but not with Fedora but in me. In Fedora I use apt-get to upgrade my system and install programs. By the way, I mix third party repositories and official one. I like to compile from sources too. I think I have install and uninstall program a lot in Fedora. I like to try fresh softwares as many as I can do. Then you can imagine my Fedora system is like a broken ship. Now I want to start from beginning. I want to make my system clean. Instead install Fedora again, I want to try Slackware for simpilicity reason. So I have some questions.
First. I am tired to install, reinstall, uninstall software. Or tweaking desktop. Or tweaking system. So here's my plan. I want to minimize my time tweaking or configuring Linux. I hope Slackware saves my time.Install Slackware. Configure. I heard a lot that you have to edit file by hand in Slackware. Is it true? But that would not be problem. I have done this before in Debian. When you have lived with Debian for months, there's nothing scare you anymore in Linux world. Ok, I have finished configured X or network for Slackware. Now I am happy. Right now, I don't want to try any fresh software anymore. I don't want to install programs that I don't need. My system is clean. Instead playing around in Linux ( install eyecandy, fresh softwares, tweaking KDE or Gnome ), I want to get work. I wan to learn programming. That means I don't need apt-get again. I don't need a hundred software anymore. Use only softwares from Slackware Cd. But wait..... what about upgrade? Now I want to regularly upgrade my system. There's no apt-get in Slackware. But hey, there's slapt-get ( http://software.jaos.org/
). But now I don't want to mix the repositories ( is it the correct term? ). I only want to use official repositories. The packages that comes from Slackware distro are fine but there are some programs that not come from Slackware distro. They are Ogle, Mplayer, VideoLan, k3b, wp_tray, gtkmm, gnucash, amsn. Luckily I found this website: http://www.linuxpackages.net/
. The good guys there have packaged programs that I need in tgz Slackware format except for VideoLan and wp_tray. I have read in http://software.jaos.org/
that I can use slapt-get to install programs from http://www.linuxpackages.net/
. Is that right? Now what I want to asked is if I can use slapt-get to use programs from http://www.linuxpackages.net/
, how can I avoid mix the package from the official site? I want to upgrade my programs that come from Slackware CD from the official site not from third party site but I want to install programs that not included in Slackware CD directly with slapt-get from third-party. Can I do it with slapt-get????
Second. Wp_tray and VideoLan are not included in http://www.linuxpackages.net/
. I will not get troubled to install wp_tray because it is just a small program. But VideoLan....... there are 26 libraries that this program depends. It is not fun at all to compile 26 libraries and one program. There is no VideoLan in Slackware package format. http://www.videolan.org
. Do you know where can I find VideoLan program in Slackware package format????