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Old 02-20-2003, 05:04 AM   #1
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installing slack8.1 so things will work!


I am hoping someone can help me out here!

I am currently running slack8.1 and loving it! speeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeedy! and just all round awesome.

my only problem is that i am having a bit of trouble getting some things to work ie: gkrellm 1.2, VMware Workstation 3.1.1 Build 1790, amsn or xmsn. those are the main ones!

what i would like to know is during the installation what should i install for things to work? i know i could install everythingbut isnt that cheating? i mean i dont need it all (far from it!) and well installing it all also makes things a bit messier! which is just what i want to eliminate!

what do people suggest for a minimal install for most things to work?

I really dont mind starting again aslong as I can get things to work. I know i could fix all the dependency problems, but thats a pain in the arse coz to fix one thing no doubt, i will have to fix something else first!!

cheers
 
Old 02-20-2003, 06:59 AM   #2
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Well, I just simply install everything. What's the cheating stuff? It was provided because many different apps have different requirements. Besides, even if you got all to work well today, what about tomorrow? I think a full install only uses about 2.5 GByte, and today most hard disks are more than ample to handle that. Besides it saves you all the frustration. If you have limited disk space available then you have to make choices. My current root partition is 2.7 GBytes. That does not include user space. User space is about 5 GByte.

I know from my own experience that I can say "I only run Gnome" or "I only run KDE", but lets face it they both have excellent apps that will run from either window manager. And they do require there own libraries. So pick the best that you like the most and use it.

Believe me, there are still plenty of issues to deal with in getting a new app running without worry about if something was installed from the install CD.
 
Old 02-21-2003, 02:15 AM   #3
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ok i think that will be the best option just some questions

i have seperate partitions for root and usr and var and boot and home and music

my usr partition is 10gb thats where everything is installed right?
also should i install bot kde and gnome during slack setup? (installation) even though im not gonna use either (but i do need libraries of course)
 
Old 02-21-2003, 08:31 AM   #4
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There is another current thread here under the subject "/usr/local" where I explained my view on partitions and others are also sharing there views that you might want to read. But I see no real value in /var, /usr, /boot being separate partitions unless the machine application data justifies it. For instance: mail server then /var/spool should be a partition. In fact, if there is a problem and the partition cannot be mounted then many daemons may not be able to start because the partition cannot be mounted, etc.

If you are not going to use either kde or gnome, as in a server runlevel 3 console prompt only, then do not install either. Even the libs I would think would not be of much value. If you are going to use another wm under X on a workstation then install gnome for sure. The libs there will be the most used by other apps for different wm's. If you think you will not use any of the kde apps, then don't install it. About the only dependicies I have seen on the kde libs are kde apps. With two exceptions, they are arts and qt. The only packages in the kde disk set that does not start with a "k". Of course you could always download and build your own for those two as well.

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Old 02-23-2003, 08:10 AM   #5
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Many newer releases require GTK+2.2. (GKrellm and it's plugins are one of them.)
 
Old 02-23-2003, 04:54 PM   #6
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There is however the older release of Gkrellm 1.2.13 I believe that works fine on any system i have tried it on that has a GUI
 
  


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