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Slackware 64 Rocks!

Posted 07-10-2009 at 10:25 PM by stureedy

When I saw the announcement on that Slackware64-current had gone public, I had to try it. (I've been running Slackware as my primary OS--both desktop and server--for years.)

I downloaded the kernels, isolinux, and the slackware64 (packages) directories and begin reading.

OK, first step is to generate a boot CD. No problem! The directions in isolinux/README.TXT provided all the information I needed to make a boot DVD or CD. I opted to make a boot CD and install the packages from the hard disk.

My five year old Pentium-D system loaded the 64-bit kernel without any problems. Woohoo, I was on my way!

I did the 'fdisk' thing, and ran 'setup.'

I chose to use EXT2 as my file system. (After seeing poor performance with EXT3 on Slackware boxes, I wasn't ready to try EXT4 . . . more on this later.)

Since I was in a hurry to see the system running, I went for the 'full install.' To keep from wrecking my current multi-boot setup, I put LILO in the boot record of the Slackware64 partition and rebooted into Slackware 12.2 to add the shiny new 64-bit OS to /etc/lilo.conf.

Then came the moment of truth: running 64-bit Slackware . . . how sweet it was!

I had fiddled with KDE4 a bit using Ubuntu on laptops, so I wasn't completely lost. After downloading and installing some needed 64-bit stuff (Flash plugin, NVidia driver, etc.) I was amazed! Slackware64-current was more stable, faster and more fun than Ubuntu!

My thanks, salutations, and unending respect to Pat and the Slackware team. When Slack13 comes out, I'm buying the DVD to put my money where my mouth is . . . er fingers are . . well, I'm sending you my money!

Happy Daze!
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    Nice article, I'm going to try Slackware 64.Cheers!
    Posted 11-12-2009 at 05:24 AM by Underclass Hero Underclass Hero is offline


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