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Old 05-29-2004, 04:30 PM   #1
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Question switch from Fedora to Slack?

I've been using Fedora core 1 for a few months now, primarily to wardrive and
a) am comfortable enough with the CLI
b) want to trim a bit of the OS overhead / unused packages
c) want to try something new
so I'm considering Slack, but I'm planning on installing alot of 3rd party software and hardware drivers, some of which come in rpm form only (apparently) so:

How does Slackware handle rpm's ?
Does Slack 9.1 come with linux-wlan included?
Anyone got any tips re configuring Slack with madwifi or hostap?

Old 05-29-2004, 04:48 PM   #2
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Re: switch from Fedora to Slack?

Originally posted by jethr02.11
How does Slackware handle rpm's ?
Not overly gracefully ... you'd have to force installation,
Slack DOESN'T create an rpm database of the installed
packages. You could use aliend to convert the rpms to
tgzs, though

Does Slack 9.1 come with linux-wlan included?
Not sure whether that's what you mean ...
[tink@diggn:~]$ less /cdrom/slackware/n/wir
wireless-tools-26-i486-1.tgz      wireless-tools-26-i486-1.txt
[tink@diggn:~]$ less /cdrom/slackware/n/wireless-tools-26-i486-1.txt 
wireless-tools: wireless-tools (utilities for wireless networking)
wireless-tools: This package contains tools used for configuring wireless networ
wireless-tools: interfaces.
wireless-tools:   iwconfig;  manipulate the basic wireless parameters
wireless-tools:   iwlist;  to list addresses, frequencies, and bit-rates
wireless-tools:   iwspy;  query the per node link quality
wireless-tools:   iwpriv;  set the private parameters of a wireless network inte
wireless-tools: The wireless-tools were written by Jean Tourrilhes.
Anyone got any tips re configuring Slack with madwifi or hostap?
Sorry, never used them


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