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Old 02-12-2004, 10:29 AM   #1
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Pre-install questions


1. What exactly is on the last two install CDs, and do I need them if I dont intend to modify the source code ?

2. I have read that I need rp-pppoe to set up my adsl connection, is it already pre-installed in slackware 9.1 ?

3. I have been told that bittorrent is already on the slackware install cds, apparently in /extras. Will those extras be installed in a full install of slackware ?

4. My system is a P4_1.9 with Asus P4T-E motherboard (=Intel 850 chipset + Rambus memory). I have searched here for known issues, but the search returns irrelevant posts where intel 850 and rambus only appear in the signatures. No information either on the Asus or Intel websites. I would be grateful if anyone could tell me of possible pitfalls with this setup.

5. This is probably a frequently asked question, but... what exactly is the problem with running as root ? Assuming I set up my firewall properly (I have read iptables is good). Another related question is, can I have two firewalls, one for when I am at home (a lot of ports open) and one for when I am not (only the bittorrent ports open).

6. I plan to dualboot win98se and slackware 9.1 once it is installed. The only reason for which I still need win98se is to run Nero to burn dvds. Is there an equivalent of Nero in linux and is it as reliable ?

Thanks in advance for any advice,
-Danodare
 
Old 02-12-2004, 11:16 AM   #2
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1. The last two discs contain the source code for every package in the distribution. You only need this if you wish to compile everything for you your specific system components (similar to gentoo).

2.You might try browsing the ftp tree to see if it's included. try looking in the 'n' section as that is where the networking-related packages are located.

3. Not sure, but I don't think the /extras are installed by default. But if it's located there, all you need to do is find it, change to the directory where it's located, and run pkgtool

4. Not sure about this one, but I would say if you've already installed a different linux distro on that system, it's pretty safe to say that Slackware will do the same. Or your could try a copy of Slackware Live. I have a copy based on Slack 9.0, but I'know it's been updated.

5. Generally, running your system as root can have more potential problems than just network access related ones (I'm assuming this is what you'r talking about when you mentioned iptables and running a firewall). When you have full root access, it's not entirely impossible to inadvertently change a vital file without realizing it, thus screwing up your system. When you run as user and need to change something and are required to "su" it makes you think about what you're doing and you therefore take the required caution in doing it. There's a lot more to it than that, but that's a very simple and important reason to stay away from root when you don't need root access. There's been a lot of discussions on the forums about this. Check 'em out....

6. Burning in Linux is easy. You can use the command line (cdrecord) or install a GUI front-end like k3b or XcdRoast. They'r'e about as easy to use as Nero (IMHO).

Hope that helps you. Good luck, and Happy Slacking....

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Old 02-12-2004, 12:13 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot !

Bittorrent 3.3 is in the /extra directory.

About roaring penguin pppoe or rp-pppoe, it is part of the standard install.

From what I had read while browing these forums, I had gathered that not running as root was to protect me against others. But if it is only to protect me against myself, I'll take the risk =). I ran as root in slackware 7 and mandrake and didnt run into any problem that I could see. *But* I was accessing the internet through a crappy modem. This time, I will be online 24/7 with a DSL connection, so I was just making sure. And I am still curious about the possibility of having two firewalls, one for when Im using the computer and one for bittorrent ports only.

About the various dvd burners available, what Im wondering about is not ease of use but reliability, i.e. will they produce perfect dvds under linux like Nero ? I've not had *any* problem with Nero under windows 98. Ive burnt maybe 80 dvds already with it and it has not failed once (burner = asus and dvds = verbatim).

Thanks in advance for any more pointers,
-Danodare

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Old 02-12-2004, 12:17 PM   #4
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Here's the man page for dvdrecord that might help you see it's capabilities.
 
  


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