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rixtr66 08-17-2008 10:27 AM

pre installation questions for slackware?
im running an acer laptop with ubuntu,and winblows,i also have a 250gb external hd that i would like to install slackware on.
before i do this i would like to know what kind of issues im going to run into.such as is this possible?and is slackware easy to install,or am i going to run into alot of command line new to the whole linux expirience and im enjoying the hell out of it im learning new stuff at a rapid pace,but im alittle insecure when it comes to installing a new any help would be greatly appreciated.

sycamorex 08-17-2008 10:42 AM

Yes, in comparison with ubuntu, slackware is a much harder distro to configure. If you are not sure whether it'll be right for you, why don't keep ubuntu and dual boot it with slackware. As long as you know your partitions and won't delete your ubuntu system, you have nothing to lose:)
Before you'll do any installation you really need to know where you have your ubuntu or any other system that you want to keep (eg. /dev/hda1 etc.)

I assume you've got some spare partitions to install slackware.

edit: sorry, I didn't notice what you wrote about an external hd. You can install slackware on your external drive, however, a better option would be to devote one of your internal drive partitions to the operating system and possibly use the external drive for data (music, films, etc).

rixtr66 08-17-2008 11:01 AM

hmmm should be interesting
Thanks for the info ill be sure to do an fdisk -l before i start.
unfortunately i dont have a big enough hard drive to install onboard.
so im going to give the usb hd a shot.and hope fully not screw up my mbr.
i did a little reading and i says i have to manually set up the swap,root,and the other partition?how much space should i allocate for these partitions?

bashyow 08-17-2008 11:19 AM

slackware isnt that difficult to set up, but like sycamorex says, it needs configuring to get the best out of it.

if you use cfdisk (graphical, similar to fdisk) when slack prompts you to partition your disks its pretty easy imo.

im not too sure about how you would set up your external HD, never did that myself. Im guessing cfdisk would pick that up though.

what i would say is just be careful which installation type you choose (full, noob, etc) not because you can screw anything up, but because you can literally spend an hour or more instructing the installer what you want, personally I started with full automatic install, then de-selecting certain things I knew I would never use later in the install, like KDE.

people say swap should be twice your RAM.

personally I use only 2 partitions. 1 gig for swap and the rest for / (which includes the home folder, where the majority of your space will probably be taken up).

once slacks installed, it will boot you to a black console. if you want to start an xsession type 'startx'.

rixtr66 08-17-2008 11:25 AM

ok thanks,that helps alot!i have 2gb of memory so i should use 4gb for swap?this should be interesting.

bashyow 08-17-2008 11:28 AM


Originally Posted by rixtr66 (Post 3250680)
ok thanks,that helps alot!i have 2gb of memory so i should use 4gb for swap?this should be interesting.

well 4gb would probably be too much, from what Ive read, 1 or 2 gigs should be plenty I think.

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