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Old 12-24-2010, 09:26 PM   #1
maphi262
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Question learning Slackware


I am very new to Slackware and Linux.
I was able to install and run Slackware 13.0. But I have no clue to install anything to Slackware.
Can some one kindly explain step by step how can I install pidgin-2.5.9-x86_64-1.txz ?. It will be a great help.
How can I learn Slackware?
Thanks for the help
 
Old 12-24-2010, 09:29 PM   #2
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The absolute best advice I could give for a comprehensive guide to understanding and using Slackware Linux is to read the Slackbook.
 
Old 12-24-2010, 10:10 PM   #3
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When I last installed Slackware, Pidgin came with it, but I can't recall which version.

Slackbuilds is a great resource.

Nevertheless, I would recommend that you learn how to compile and install from sources. Some folks I know joke that "tar.gz is the native Slackware installation format" and they are not actually very far off the mark.

It's not that difficult and you will learn a lot along the way.

Once you learn how to use Slackware, no Linux distro can ever intimidate you.
 
Old 12-24-2010, 10:23 PM   #4
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To give a direct answer to the question: as root: installpkg pidgin-2.5.9-x86_64-1.txz

The SlackBook that leopard linked is good but I found it limited and learned that there is no single source of Slackware documentation. This makes sense in the light of Slackware being one of the least modified distros -- so standard Linux documentation applies to the Linux part of it, standard GNU utilities documentation applies to the GNU utilities and so on.

One of the best places to start learning about Slackware is the LQ WIKI Slackware page which includes a link to onebuck's large collection of links.
 
Old 12-24-2010, 10:33 PM   #5
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To give a direct answer to the question: as root: installpkg pidgin-2.5.9-x86_64-1.txz

The SlackBook that leopard linked is good but I found it limited and learned that there is no single source of Slackware documentation. This makes sense in the light of Slackware being one of the least modified distros -- so standard Linux documentation applies to the Linux part of it, standard GNU utilities documentation applies to the GNU utilities and so on.

One of the best places to start learning about Slackware is the LQ WIKI Slackware page which includes a link to onebuck's large collection of links.
Oh my goodness, I forgot about that!

That is an amazing piece of documentation right there -- I've used it several times, even though I don't use Slackware.

Great suggestion!
 
  


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