ive used redhat 9, fedora core 1, and fedora core 2.
and loved them all.
im no newbie, ive compiled many kernels, edited driver source to get winmodems working, and tinkered around with runlevels.
however slackware 10 i found as a nightmare !
ok... i downloaded disk1 and disk2 iso's and placed them on a FAT32 disk.
i then burned a boot floppy, and the 2 install disks to floppy's
booted the boot floppy, and inserted the other 2 floppy's when prompted.
was then put into a linux environment.
made some mount points (not in /mnt after reading the notes in there)
mounted the fat32 disk, and the slackware iso's using the loopback device.
then in /packages made symbolic links to all the slackware packages.
my disk was already partitoned ( a / and a swap partiton, no need to re-partiton)
then i typed setup to start setup.i got my keyboard map,
i formated my partitons, and decided to go with the "failsafe" install everything...
then i get the option about what kernel... i cant find the kernel on the source disks... so i go with the recomended option.. use the kernel from the boot disk.
everything installed. at the end, the lilo config, i chose to go with the recomended option (1) install to boot sector, NOT MBR as i didnt want it to upset the windows disk (fat32) just incase lilo didnt work.
(beofre this disk had GRUB on its mbr)
so.. i re-booted.
i get a GRUB errror, grub is still on the MBR and cannot find its config file.
so i booted knoppix, and ran the lilo conf program. ERROR.. lilo doesnt know how to handle my graphics card (ge-force 4 440 MX)
AGH ! so i go for GRUB as the boot loader. re-boot.
ahh. lovely ol grub....
i load the Slackware kernel... but... there is no initrd ? maybe slack doesnt require an initial ramdisk ?
so i give the boot command... 'boot'
all seems to go well... then... "please insert an floppy ramdisk"
i like distro's where i can get down into the config scripts, and have a fiddle..... but i didnt expect somthing as simple as booting the thing to be such an enigma !
what have i done wrong ?
ive gone with failsafe, and recomended options all the way through the install....
ohh, and that thing about use the boot disk with the option "mount root=/dev/hdb1" to boot your system if it aint bootable after install doesnt work either... just asks for the install floppy again.
so.. now im left with knoppix untill i can download a linux distro....