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I am about to try out Slackware (I will download 8.1, once released. BTW, when do you think is it going to come out?), but I have a few questions floating in my mind:
I heard, that there are no, config utils. This means that you have to do everything by your hand and get your hands dirty in config files. Right? (That's what I love doing... )
Second, I heard of a packaging system tgz, or something....is this going through regular ./configures & makes or is it somewhat different? I wish to know this since removing a piece of software installed by make install can get tedious....
Thanks for clearing things up...
You might give pico a try. The backspace and delete keys even work properlty before you fiddle with your new install, unlike vi or vim, as many find. But watchout, as soon as you open a file in pico you're in edit mode!
Slack is great! I started using it because Amazon had 7.1 w/CDs and book (GREAT book!) for $20, whereas RH and Suse had just gone over $50. Despite everyone's warnings about "how difficult Slack is to configure", I didn't think it was that bad. I've since upgraded to 8.0, and like it even better.
My only complaint is that while it's very easy to find RPMs for RH, it's sometimes a little harder to find .tar.gz's for Slack software (I haven't tried the RPM to .tar.gz converter--anyone else have any experience with it?)
Originally posted by RWallett My only complaint is that while it's very easy to find RPMs for RH, it's sometimes a little harder to find .tar.gz's for Slack software (I haven't tried the RPM to .tar.gz converter--anyone else have any experience with it?)
You can find user-contributed slackware packages for lots of stuff at Linuxpackages. But hey, compiling from source code is so much more fun isn't it??
Originally posted by vfs 2) No. The packages are binary tar+gzip.
The only tools are 'setup' and 'pkgtool', 'fontconfig', 'netconfig', 'pppsetup'.
Well there is a little bit of a packaging system embedded into those tar+gzip files. There is a little "install" script that is automaticly run by the "addpkg" or "pkgtool" that set things up, for you, as well as logging what it does so that the package can be uninstalled cleanly by "pkgtool" or "rmpkg" It all seems to work quite well.