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Old 10-11-2004, 09:08 AM   #1
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Installing slackware 3.0.0

This is Prashant from Mumbai. May be my question has been answered many times before. But you see I've a dial up connection which doesn’t allow me surfing looking for those both on account of low surfing time allowed and high phone charges (last month got a bill of 3000) and also may be I need 'my comp' specific help.

Wasting no more time on prologue let me come straight to the point (after saying sorry for I'm making you answer this question again).

You see I'm completely new to Linux, absolutely newbie. But I'm using comp for last few years all the same. So,.. I rediscovered 'this cd' (of PC Quest, year 96) lying under my comp table. It has this slackware directory. You can very well judge my 'knowledge' that even by reading some accompanied txt files I haven't been able to figure out what Linux version it offers (you see in some docs it says 'These disks currently use Linux 1.2.13' whereas somewhere else it says 'These are 1.44 MB bootkernel images for Slackware Linux 3.0.0'). Both from the year and the version numbers I think these are very old but wanna get with 'using Linux' soon as well.

So, I wanted to know if I should go on and install this version. This question actually has two faces if I may say so: 1) is slackware flavour (isn't that what you say?) better than others and 2) is the current version a lot different than the one I've? (I understand upgrading Linux is a very tedious job.)

If you recommend me installing some other flavour (or even this one but the newer version) where do I get it? (please mention the 'direct' link on the net if you want to. If you provide that and it's about 20 MB long I may choose to download as last Sunday I downloaded a 7 MB file in 30 or so minutes). Else please mention offline source.

Now, the real question: installation.

The accompanying installation doc says I must create a new partition for Linux. I've 40 GB hard disk already partitioned into 3 c:,d:,e: - c the usual files and some applications, d the games, and e mp3's.

I think the following may enable you help a better way:

fdisk command says:
Display Partition Information
current fixed disk drive: 1
partition status type volume label mbytes system usage
c: 1 A pri dos prash 19101 fat32 50%
2 ext dos 19101 50%

further it says that the extended dos partition has 2 logical dos drives d and e having 9554 and 9546 mbs resp. each with fat32 system.

Do you recommend me using D: drive as Linux drive ?
If that be so then I may be required to format D:.
Can I format a particular drive (be it primary, extended or logical) without affecting others?
If I can then I may consider, for time being, moving the game files to c or e.
But after I installed Linux, can I move these back where they were i.e. in d:?
And yes... is it recommended to have so much of disk separated for Linux? If not, do you recommend me creating another drive with lesser size?

Do you think answering these questions is like spoon-feeding? If that be the case please say so in the reply and don't answer any of those.

Once again let me tell you that I might have found these answers from net (if that's possible) but it's only this limited access that is forcing me to bother you. If replied I may have some more questions... keep watching this place...

Looking forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,
shant p r a
Old 10-11-2004, 10:06 AM   #2
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well...i guess you have an old version. The latest is 10. You might want to check out Distro reviews on this site...also Selecting a distro is absolutely your choice. Slackware tends to be little harder for newbies since you might have to tweak it to your settings but again its upto you. is the official site for slackware. If you cannot download through internet you can purchase installation cd's. Search google for linux cd's in India. I believe there's a site that sells linux cd's.

I suggest you read up on partitioning so that your dont mess up things. Also depending upon your intended use, you'll need to make enough space.

More info,

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