Slackware Software Series
Hi to all, I am new in Slackware, as I have used SuSE till now.
I read the slackbook, but I have some questions:
1)If I dont put N, will I be able to connect to the internet?Is N essential for internet connection?
I dont want a bunch of daemons I dont need, installed, for security reasons.:p
2)If I dont put X, will I be able to use KDE?
3)Are the BSD console games good enough to get into?
4)What exactly is AP?Is it the shell commands, like cd, ls?
When I install Slackware, I use the expert mode. It is not complicated and lets you choose the packages you want. So if you do not want Apache, just uncheck it.
You do need X to run KDE. I forget what is in the N section, so I am not sure if you could leave that unchecked.
1. Not all are necessary, but I'd include at least dhcp, dhcpcd, and tcpip.
2. Nope. KDE runs on top of X.
3. If you like console games, sure.
4. AP has some necessary packages. Shell commands are part of your shell (ie, Bash, xsh, korn)
Messed up this post :(
Here are my barebasics
The installation process includes a dialog where you can choose which daemons you want to be automatically run. I struggled with expert modus because I chose not to install some packages and afterwards was not able to compile applications from source because some libs were missing.
I would go for the "full install" option and deselect the daemons I don't need later during installation.
The major advantadge to this is you can run 'pkgtool' later and uninstall things you never use. Best to do a full install for your first shot (If you have the HDD space, about three gigs), it will help you compile/run alot more programs.
The other advantage to the full install is that you can uninstall only a few packages at a time that you think you don't need and see if that breaks your system over the next few days.
Then, when your computer breaks upon boot you have only 3 or so packages to reinstall, and not have to sift through a list of 50 packages to find the one you shouldn't have uninstalled.
Hope that makes sense!
PS, because I'm awkward, lazy, impatient, etc I do the expert install and deslecting stuff I don't need, rather than wait for 3 gigs of software to install, then wait for all the packages I don't want to uninstall
I can see that,(And do that myself), but being new to Slackware, it maybe better to install everything.
if you are familiar with other distro, perhaps you can use the expert mode, and choose which packages should be installed in your system. It will consume more time at selecting the packages, but at install time, it will take less time, plus you won't have to wait to long for the system to boot (especially when you install all the daemon services)
The problem with "expert" mode is that it won't force you to install required packages. Why not use the "newbie" install? That will install the required packages from every Package Series that you select. (I would be careful about omitting any of the Package Series, although I guess you could do without E,F and Y if you don't want them.)
Also, you could browse thru the tagfiles on the install CD first, and look at the "packages.txt" file. That way you'll know what you want to do before you start the installation.
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