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Old 12-16-2009, 01:15 PM   #1
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Question slackware login at start up?????

hey all
im a 100% noob at linux this is my 1st EVER time using it today and i thought i would install slackware 12.2 on my crappy lappy its installed ok so i booted it up and it went threw the loading screen with the little penguin in the top left then i got stuck on this:

Setting default ALSA mixer setting.
storing default ALSA mixer setting: /usr/sbin/alsactl store
loading /usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t ps2

Welcome to Linux (tty1)

quality login:


now i take it that quality is what my pc is called coz i do remember naming something in networking that :P but i dont remember setting a login or password

so can anyone help me please coz i have tryed everything that i can think of to put in the login is there any default login and PW for slackware?

Old 12-16-2009, 01:52 PM   #2
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The username is "root", and the password is whatever you set it as. You might have left it blank, but it certainly asked you about it.

For the future, you really need to read what the system is telling you during installation or working with the system. Slackware is not like Windows, you can't just hit "OK" on everything and expect it to work.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:52 PM   #3
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The default login is root and I can't remember if there is a password you setup in the initial install. once you login with root type "passwd" and put in a password. Then startx to get the GUI going.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:57 PM   #4
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For slackware, I believe you need to login as user "root" and with no password (i.e. just press enter).

You should then look into creating a root password (by "should" I mean "definitely absolutely must") and a user so you can do as little as possible as root.

You should beware that slackware will be a steep learning curve for a *complete* noob - I'd recommend starting with a much more user-friendly distro like Ubuntu, or Debian if you're looking for something a bit more "techy". If you go ahead with Slackware, be sure to bookmark the slackbook and read at least the introductory chapters (, and consult when you want to know how to do something like set the root password or create a new user...

John G
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:37 PM   #5
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Slackware does ask for a root password during installation, but doesn't require you to use one; anything you do with it is at your own discretion- not a lot of(any, really) hand-holding involved. This is great when you know what you're doing, 'cause you have complete control over your system, but does require some learning on your part if you are new to it.
[edit] But yes, set up a root password and a normal user account immediately, as previously advised.

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Old 12-16-2009, 03:00 PM   #6
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Ack! Using Slackware when your still extreamly new to Linux?

Thats like jumping off the highdive before learning how to swim!

Good luck though. You will log in to a console and will have to set things up yourself before starting X.

Remember to create a user first, then if your confident it will work, you can go to /etc/inittab to change the runtime level when the computer starts up to GUI mode, or type startx to start the Xorg system.

And yes, if you put in a password during the instalation, use root as the username and the password, otherwise username is root and no password.

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Old 12-17-2009, 05:03 AM   #7
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thanks alot people for all ur help i will crack on and get it up and running


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