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Old 07-17-2003, 11:05 AM   #1
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Slackware was...slightly difficult..

slightly difficult to install, etc. that is...

You see, to linux, i am the newbie of all newbies. I had almost no knowledge about it, but you have to learn somewhere... so i plunged waist deep into something i knew nothing about.

My first distro. pick... slack of course. I was reading a thread in a forum such as this one and i heard that the guy was installing slack with kde for his x and everthing like that...

now i got to thinking that if this guy could do it, why couldn't i?
perhaps i should have read about other distros, etc. and things like that... but noooo i knew what i was doing and chose slack not only because it was the only one i had ever heard of, but also because it has a neat name

i printed off a cheap manual from some 2 cent site and set up the partition with no trouble at all. Put in the slackware cd, and what do you know... my system wasn't ready for it yet sooo i went back out.. got everything ready again, and finally the installer worked!

installation was pretty quick because instead of just choosing packages i wanted, i quickly installed all of the above.

once it was done and LILO (oh god not that!) was installed, i booted up linux for the first time.

pretty much all it was, was a black screen with a bit of writing that i knew nothing about... but i still had that 2 cent manual!! AHA!

i looked it up and finally read on about getting the x system up and running. I managed to figure out how to get the optical usb mouse working (only took about 2 hours or so ) and set everything up properly without much hassle besides that.

startx....... it loads! yay... but now what do i do? what's KDE? what's GNOME? Enlightenment? huh??

well... i chose GNOME because...well... just because.. and had my first taste of what it could do... setup after that was hard enough just trying to get all the hardware working (my gforce4 had been confusing as well for a while)

i later switched to KDE... i liked it better... so i stuck with it..
then after a little bit of time progressed i started installing and removing software like mad... the system bacame complete... and it even came with Wine so i could run the windows programs off of the other harddrive i was dual booting with...

so all in all, it wasn't too hard to set up for such a newbie like me (and i still am)
it only took about 5-6 hours to figure out and install the proper way...(well..not quite proper, but it got up there)

now, im not as big of a newbie to the whole linux concept... and im even going to be trying out other distros now

just my story....
and from what ive read in this forum and other places, i think ill be sticking with slackware in the end... but its nice to try new things sometimes... even if you end up waist deep in something you don't know anything about.
Old 07-17-2003, 11:10 AM   #2
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wow, way to take on a challenge

question, as i am a newbie as well, i want to use slackware as well, did u buy slackware or download the iso from ftp?

also, what did u have to do besides partition your hdd (u said u had to get out of the installer at some point)

finally, where did u get this "2 cent" manual, i want one!
Old 07-17-2003, 11:35 AM   #3
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1. i got the iso... i wasn't about to buy something that i wasn't sure on how to install, or even if it was going to be any good.

2. i was dual booting with windows xp... i had a formatted hdd and windows on another...

after i partitoned it to linux, i forgot to add a swap space, so i went back and partitoned it again...

and i also had to re-do the installation because i chose some incorrect options the first time around and my keyboard wouldn't work...

3. I don't remember the site... although the URL is probably on the pages at home...ill post it when i get there.

Otherwise, simply do a search on google for Slackware 8.1 manual or something similar to that and you should find enough info to last you a while.
Old 07-17-2003, 04:31 PM   #4
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good going; how bad can it be when the newbie of all newbies is up and running w/slack in 5-6 hours? you're gonna be extra happy w/ slack when you realize that the distro didn't get in the way of fixing things and that you can tune stuff up any time by dealing with the basic linux stuff.anyone who is wanting and willing to actually learn linux in conjunction with operating a system should just go straight to slack-then you can enjoy some hobby time with the other distros-and several are very cool-mandrake is a good one, suse has a nice look and feel, debian is solid and secure, and many more, each with something to offer and a purpose to serve. but slack is root and you were lucky to fall into it right off. slack is 10 years old today and you are now a slacker. welcome!
Old 07-17-2003, 05:22 PM   #5
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My first distro was Slack 8.1, and I'm goin again now with 9.0 -- a -wonderful- distribution if you have a lot of patience, time, and effort to spend into learning linux. Slackware doesn't help you much in the way of configuration, security, anything, but for that reason I've found it pretty dern powerful.

My advice? Pick a goal (ie closing all unnneded ports, downloading a KDE theme, setting up additional users and groups), work on it, search these boards and elsewhere online for it, and accomplish it. It may take awhile, but by the time it's done, you will know how to do it. Then, move on to your next goal.

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Old 07-18-2003, 09:14 AM   #6
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I have slack 8.1 on the system now... and im going to be getting 9.0 during the course of this week i hope.

I think installation and basic config. wont be as challenging this time... i wrote down lots of notes

I will be making a list of goals... and maybe multi-task them together.... so if i get stuck on one, i can always move to another.

I'm getting a new hdd soon, so i'll be able to boot between 3 systems. I'm keeping WindowsXP for standard windows programs i need for work, slack 8.1 on the other and soon slack 9.0 on the new one.

I will be removing slack 8.1 from the older hdd and either adding mandrake or debian... both of those i really want to try out... ill also try to test SuSE and RH sometime as well...

whichever one i like the best (so far its my old hdd with slack8.1) i will be getting an entire system devoted to that an networking all the systems together... fun fun


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