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Old 08-02-2009, 05:02 AM   #1
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just sharing practical info about installing slackware for beginners

Searching the most barebones version of Slackware that has modern capabilities, I came up with Slackware 8.1. I have read that "if you learn Red Hat, you'll knows Red Hat, but if you learn Slackware, you'll know Linux." Computers really aren't second nature to me and it took me weeks of reading to come to a conclusion of the best version for my needs, and to get it installed; hence I have cause for celebration this evening as I finally got a dektop going. My point is, if you are also new to Linux and want to load a minimalist version of the longest surviving distro for learning purposes, I encourage going with 8.1. It has a nice KDE desktop, Moxilla, and flash drive support. It requires a boot floppy and 5 root floppies, then booting from an install cd for which the iso image is readily available for burning. Virtually everyting else has to be done via source package management through terminal commands, so the learning will be endless. I could never grasp compiling a customized kernel to install, but rest assured I will never have to worry about conficker variant b infecting my slackware as I insert a flash drive to save a critical document amidst the aggregate of those remaining that are known to be infected. I'm gonna like Linux, and will feel less putzy than just sticking in the lastest autoload Ubuntu disc and end up running mostly windows software on it anyway.
Old 08-02-2009, 07:45 AM   #2
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If you want a barebones version, why not choose the latest version of Slackware and install only the packages you require? You have the choice at setup. I wouldn't recommend installing an older version of Slackware.


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