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Old 07-14-2003, 09:56 PM   #1
monkeymartin
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modifying slackware


I want to have a minimum install of slackware on an old computer so I can use it to play mp3's

were can I find information on installing and modifying slackware

this system should boot fast, play multimedia formats and be controlled by a remote control



any advice would be great
 
Old 07-14-2003, 10:42 PM   #2
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Well I would say during installation, choose the Expert Mode and install only the very basic stuff you would need, including development packages so you can compile software.

Then recompile your kernel and add only what you need and make lots of modules.
 
Old 07-14-2003, 11:41 PM   #3
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www.slackware.org/book
This book goes through installation and getting started with configuration, etc. It really is helpful.
Also, like what was already said, if you do expert mode you get to choose everything you want installed. I do believe there is also an installation choice which goes through each package, says what it is, then asks if you want to install it. I believe it is the verbose method, but I am not certain. The last time I used it was on 8.1, so I am not 100% certain that 9 has it, but it was very educational to go through and read what each package was, then you can decline what you don't want.
 
Old 07-15-2003, 03:28 AM   #4
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Re: modifying slackware

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Originally posted by monkeymartin
I want to have a minimum install of slackware on an old computer so I can use it to play mp3's

were can I find information on installing and modifying slackware

this system should boot fast, play multimedia formats and be controlled by a remote control



any advice would be great
Look at www.linuxfromscratch.org
I'm not suggesting to install it or not, that's up to you (I highly suggest everyone to once though, just to get the feel of how to setup a linux distro) at this point. But glance over the book and see what the actual lean-mean-strict requirements are to a bare-bones install. Use that as a go-by and install just those tools. From there, install 1 application at a time (you will probably be able to get away with only 2 or 3 applications total in the end, look at mp3blaster www.freshmeat.net) checking it to see if you are done. You'll likely need www.lirc.org as well for the remote control usage, and the player (the mp3blaster suggestion above).

Boot time can be greatly reduced by cutting out all the things in /etc/rc.d that you won't need, that might include any kernel module support if you build everything into it (might be slightly faster...).

Cool
 
Old 07-15-2003, 03:32 AM   #5
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FYI:
http://www.masterc.no-ip.org/old/Pro...bilePuter.html

That's what I built with a similar idea to what you've described, if it helps at all.

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