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I've got a Toshiba Equium with 512MB RAM, 40 GB HDD, Pentium 4 processor. I'm installing with a DVD, it has XP right now but want to ask some questions.
I'm hoping to get support for my wireless card ( an Edimax EW7108PCG ) which I couldn't get working in my XP install ( cut down TinyXP didn't support my PCMCIA interface ) but I know the card is supported in Linux. If I have to install it from source, how difficult is this?
Until I get above wireless card working, I have other internet access but cannot do so on the install machine. But I'll check back for any support that's given.
My soundcard is currently a USB interface but should work fine. I believe no extra driver is needed for XP/Ubuntu and that it adheres to standards. I'll provide information if I can if it's required.
I'm also a music student, I'd be planning on installing programs via slackbuilds or from source and want to learn how to use Linux. Right now I'd appreciate a shortcut or two to help me on my course before I delve into the Slackware book.
My requirements for my course would be :
wireless support and access
Linux Multimedia Studio or similar
Also any recommendations for reading/resources/programs would be appreciated.
I would say that the majority of PCMCIA WLAN cards should be supported out of the box with the Slackware 13.0 kernel, as that is pretty old technology at this point. WLAN issues are usually limited to USB devices now, or internal chipsets, PCI/PCMCIA support is pretty mature.
But if you do have to build a driver from source, Slackware won't be a problem there. A default Slackware install will give you a compiler, all the necessary libraries, and the kernel source to build against. You should have no problems building the module against your kernel.
USB audio devices are pretty much standard as you said, so that should work right away as well.
I know that Slackware doesn't really include any music-related software in a stock install. Slackware is geared to be a completely functional base desktop/server OS, it us up to the end user to tailor it to some specific use like audio editing or that sort of thing.
SlackBuilds is pretty inclusive, so I imagine there are a number of multimedia creation applications represented there.
I'm going to go ahead and install Slackware on it now, I'll update afterwards with how useable the system is.
I don't know how to compile from source, or where wicd is accessible from. I think since I have the DVD that it's available on that under extras. I'll have a look at the readme and come back to fill you in.