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Old 04-11-2004, 06:30 PM   #1
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A little hesitant now...

Hi, (sorry I'm hesitant about all things, even in real life )

Ok, I wanted to install Mandrake 9.1, finished downloading the ISOs, and then went to LQ for reading something. Then I found the "Distribution reviews" while browsing the page, and looked to the Slackware reviews. Finished reading them, and now there's a dwarf walking around my head that is saying: "Install Slackware, you're gonna learn, Install Slackware... ( ), but I don't know if I know sufficient to install it. So I'll enumerate the things I know:

-I know basic shell commands
-I know how to config XWindow (xf86config, XF86Setup and stuff)
-I know how to compile and install a new kernel
-I know how to compile and install programs via sourcecode
-I know how to do RPM stuff (but that doesn't makes sense in Slackware )
- I know how to use fdisk (Linux version I mean), and configure LILO

- I don't know how to setup an internet connection (mine is ADSL with dynamic IP)

Just want to know if that's sufficient knowledge to install Slackware with no problems (maybe a bit of tweaking, but that's good, I want to learn)

Thanks in advance

Last edited by elmafiacs; 04-11-2004 at 06:49 PM.
Old 04-11-2004, 06:48 PM   #2
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From what ive read on the net, even though Mandrake is good for begginners, it seems to have the most problems.

I would install Slackware or Redhat/Fedore.
Old 04-11-2004, 08:50 PM   #3
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slackware has a network setup script on the install cd that you run before running "setup" when you install. then it sets up the necessary config files for you when you install. go for slack. i started out on mandrake 8.0, and though the hardware detection was excellent, like AutOPSY said, i had a ton of problems. that was two years ago. i've never had a problem with slackware that started up after i had things configured correctly. and with the knowledge you have, you should be fine. i just did a clean install of slackware 9.1 over slackware 9.0 last night. i'll never use mandrake again.


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