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Old 10-25-2008, 11:40 AM   #16
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Hi,

I know you addressed the question to DV502 about Slackware simplicity. I would like to add that Slackware is the oldest active stable GNU/Linux and that as a server OS you will find no better. I'm prejudiced as I've used Slackware for years and it remains my OS of choice for servers & Desktops.

The ease of maintenance along with the ability to manage with simple tools provides the means of stability of a well thought out distribution.

I would invite you too look at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 10-25-2008, 04:35 PM   #17
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DV502, how simple is Slackware? As previously mentioned, I am very simple!!
Is gnump3d available in slackware through a nice 'point and click' gui package manager? every time I've tried manual instals of anything I've ended up gibbering in the corner!!

I am for example, trying to get my on-board ATI radeon working on my desktop after switching from PCLOS07 to Fedora 9 - I gave up after 3 hours of sucessive failures last night!!
Onebuck said everything about slackware I would have said if I had replied sooner. Slackware is a favorite distro among the veteren linux users. It is as close to unix as well.

Slackware does have a package manager, it's called pkgtool. Pkgtool manages packages for the system by removing and adding packages.

Slackware does not have a software repository like ubuntu or other similar distros. You have to manually fetch the programs yourself. Some programs will be built already and others will need to be compile.

http://linuxpackages.net/

This website includes slackware packages. No need to compile. After you download the package(s). Use the installpkg command to install the package.

http://slackbuilds.org/

These are source packages with a script to compile the program for you. After it's compiled, you run the installpkg command.

I gave a user instruction on using slackbuild in this forum, click here.

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Is gnump3d available in slackware through a nice 'point and click' gui package manager? every time I've tried manual instals of anything I've ended up gibbering in the corner!!
I not going to lie. Sometimes compiling is easy and other times it's a headache. Most source program will include a README or INSTALL file or both. Read both files for specific installation instructions.

Installing gnump3d from source is quite simple, extract the tarball. The xxx.xxx is the version number of gnump3d.

tar zxvf gnump3d.xxx.xxx.tar.gz

Change directory to the extracted folder.

cd gnump3d.xxx.xxx

As root, type

Code:
./make install
According to the INSTALL file..

And that's it.

Hope this helps...

PS: Take a look at onebuck sig.
Excellent resources for slackware users.

Last edited by dv502; 10-25-2008 at 05:46 PM.
 
  


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