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Old 12-31-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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Slackware documentation & Installation Instructions


Hi:

Yesterday,I started reading the documentation for Slackware that our Moderator: Onebuck composed. In addition to that I have also started reading through the installation documentation as well. Whatever Google and Yahoo return to me on Slackware: I read that as well.

Most of what I have read so far I have obtained and am enlightened.
Other information that I have read; I'm sitting here in front of my Fedora machine and going-hun?-&

I know this distro will not hold my hand but I am tired of not being able to complete certain practices: For EXbuild software sucessfully and manually configure simple and complicated practices/tasks, configure a network even if it's down and so fourth--

From what one of our Guru's tell me Slackware is a darn good teacher and well I'm up for a challange but seriouly overwhelmed:-

Does anyone know is Softpedia trusted?
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syste...ware-425.shtml

Or should I go here and obtain one of the torrents?
http://www.slackware.com/index.html

When I am ready to make a usb boot stick how may gig's are needed?

Should I use 'Expert' for Lilo step by step to complete the dual boot OR Try to install Lilo automatically?

I don't know how to configure a loopback connection:- So...
When it's time to configure the network, I'm assuming I should go ahead and just let DHCP assign an ip address dynamically?

Any help is greatly appreciated!-
 
Old 12-31-2013, 08:35 PM   #2
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Hi:

Yesterday,I started reading the documentation for Slackware that our Moderator: Onebuck composed. In addition to that I have also started reading through the installation documentation as well. Whatever Google and Yahoo return to me on Slackware: I read that as well.

Most of what I have read so far I have obtained and am enlightened.
Other information that I have read; I'm sitting here in front of my Fedora machine and going-hun?-&

I know this distro will not hold my hand but I am tired of not being able to complete certain practices: For EXbuild software sucessfully and manually configure simple and complicated practices/tasks, configure a network even if it's down and so fourth--

From what one of our Guru's tell me Slackware is a darn good teacher and well I'm up for a challange but seriouly overwhelmed:-

Does anyone know is Softpedia trusted?
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Syste...ware-425.shtml

Or should I go here and obtain one of the torrents?
http://www.slackware.com/index.html

When I am ready to make a usb boot stick how may gig's are needed?

Should I use 'Expert' for Lilo step by step to complete the dual boot OR Try to install Lilo automatically?

I don't know how to configure a loopback connection:- So...
When it's time to configure the network, I'm assuming I should go ahead and just let DHCP assign an ip address dynamically?

Any help is greatly appreciated!-
You should use GetSlack for official download method. Even better, buy it from Slackware Store to support Slackware Linux Project.

Full installation of Slackware 14.1 requires around 7.8 GB, so 16 GB of flash disk is more than enough or if you have 8 GB, you can choose not to install some packages (depending on your need and preferences).

for most cases, using the simple option lilo will automatically detect dual boot without any problems.

If your computer is connected to a network, use DHCP and let it work automatically
 
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:43 PM   #3
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I have a 16GB memory stick so that's good-

Thanks for the quick reply and confirmation on Lilo detecting the dual boot.

Looking at this index-
http://ftp.arm.slackware.com/slackwa...kwarearm-14.1/

I see that there are multipule files and I'm thinking that I don't need every single file under the parent directory. I need to learn and find out which ones I should choose and download. This could take a while.

Will I be able to encryt the home directory during the installation?

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Old 12-31-2013, 08:59 PM   #4
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Slackware was the first distro I installed. It's so easy to install, that I installed it three times that first day! (mostly because I didn't read the on-screen instructions thorougly enough.)

The step-by-step ncurses install routine has not changed. Generally, after formatting the partition, it's best to just accept the defaults. If you don't want to use KDE, choose one of the other included desktops/window managers as your default--you will still have access to graphical tools for configuring you network and performing other tasks (for a network manager, I prefer wicd--it's in the "Extras." Also, I've never had the automatic LILO install work properly for me--I've always opted for the step-by-step one (be careful to remember which step you are on).

The reason I say that Slackware is a damned fine teacher is that, when you start to fine-tune it to your tastes, you do it yourself; Slackware won't do it for you. My method was simple: research something, try it, read and google the error message(s), try it again until it works. I had loads of fun tracking down dependencies one by one and installing them. (Well, actually not, but a heck of a sense of accomplishment once I did.) And I learned how Linux works.

Once you know Slackware, no other distro will ever intimidate you, because Slackware teaches you how to figure stuff out.

Back then, in the olden days, there was no Slackbuilds.org, so I searched for sites with Slackware packages (there were a few) or installed software by compiling. My purpose in learning Linux was to self-host my website, so I was kind of driven.

To accomplish that, I had to figure stuff out, which I did, with the help of the newsgroup alt.os.linux.slackware (I think that's what it was--now not really worth the effort), the Slackware FAQ, the old mailing list, and LQ. I also bought a copy of the Slackbook.

Now there's the Slackwiki (still under development).

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Old 12-31-2013, 09:06 PM   #5
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I have a 16GB memory stick so that's good-

Thanks for the quick reply and confirmation on Lilo detecting the dual boot.

Looking at this index-
http://ftp.arm.slackware.com/slackwa...kwarearm-14.1/

I see that there are multipule files and I'm thinking that I don't need every single file under the parent directory. I need to learn and find out which ones I should choose and download. This could take a while.

Will I be able to encryt the home directory during the installation?
For first installation, it's advised to do full installation
for encryption, read the README_CRYPT
 
Old 12-31-2013, 09:23 PM   #6
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Once you know Slackware, no other distro will ever intimidate you, because Slackware teaches you how to figure stuff out.
That is Amazing frankbell!
That's what I am looking for.

If Lilo fails will I know that during the installation process or find out at the first boot?

I went to each link you provided so I'll start learning there. Thanks-
 
Old 12-31-2013, 09:25 PM   #7
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For first installation, it's advised to do full installation
for encryption, read the README_CRYPT
Thanks for the Read Me Crypt link.
 
Old 12-31-2013, 09:47 PM   #8
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sry if i missed it but that link is for the version of slackware for arm
the links for x86 and x86_64 are here

the slackbook contains a lot of information about the install process

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Old 12-31-2013, 10:01 PM   #9
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I'm thinking that I need to download these 2 iso's-
My desktop is 64-bit.

Code:
Slackware 14.1 x86 64 DVD ISO (includes everything but source code)
And then when that's done downloading download this:

Code:
Slackware 14.1 source code DVD ISO (complete source code tree)
Is that correct?

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Old 12-31-2013, 10:22 PM   #10
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No, you don't need the source unless you want to play with the SlackBuild to rebuild some packages or to modify them
 
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:04 PM   #11
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No, you don't need the source unless you want to play with the SlackBuild to rebuild some packages or to modify them
Ok, I understand now.
I (think) I have the right iso now.
Code:
slackware 64-1401-install-dvd.torrent
I'll have to use Qbit Torrent on my Ubuntu machine to download Slackware.
Not sure what Fedora uses for torrents-
 
Old 01-01-2014, 05:22 AM   #12
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You might want to take a deep look at this.

http://docs.slackware.com/
 
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Old 01-01-2014, 05:33 AM   #13
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Once you've installed the full version of Slackware, for any additional programs you could use the following:

Slackbuild scripts:
http://slackbuilds.org/

Slackbuild scripts browser/installer (you don't have to use it with SlackBuilds but it's very convenient)
http://www.sbopkg.org/

Eric and Robby also have a lot of useful SlackBuild scripts and precompiled packages:
http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/
http://rlworkman.net/pkgs/
 
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Old 01-01-2014, 02:41 PM   #14
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You might want to take a deep look at this.

http://docs.slackware.com/
The Slackware Documentation Project website is very helpful!
Also the Micro Linux Enterprise Desktop looks interesting:-

There is a lot to read and I want to learn so I'm off to do just that.
Thanks; kikinovak-
 
Old 01-01-2014, 02:48 PM   #15
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Once you've installed the full version of Slackware, for any additional programs you could use the following:

Slackbuild scripts:
http://slackbuilds.org/

Slackbuild scripts browser/installer (you don't have to use it with SlackBuilds but it's very convenient)
http://www.sbopkg.org/

Eric and Robby also have a lot of useful SlackBuild scripts and precompiled packages:
http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/
http://rlworkman.net/pkgs/
I'll be back after some reading and the complete installation.
Might take a few days as I want to be well educated on Slackware and throughly read through the installation instructions.
Thanks for all of the links!
 
  


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