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Old 05-28-2004, 04:24 PM   #1
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Woo (success story of from windows to slackware :D)

So there I was on windows 2000 after yet ANOTHER reboot. I was idly sitting around on IRC, looking for something to do. Talk of the source code leak was all over. Then, a friendly announcement on the IRC server about a new windows security hole.. yay. Not wanting to have my computer stop working I check it out. Finding it to be a critical update, I download the patch. I run the program.. and am told to back up my harddrive before continuing?

I saw that as the last straw. I should NOT have to back up my harddrive just to fix microsoft's mistakes. Thinking about all the good things I had heard about linux, I emailed my brother and began to back my harddrive up. He thought I would like mandrake.

The first few weeks were pretty nice, I had more problems than I would've liked. But I was determined to stay away from windows. I couldn't do ANYTHING without kde and my rpms, whenever I tried to compile from source I left it alone. I was having to restart about once a week but thought nothing of it.

After a few hectic experiences with upgrading kernels and using console (only able to ssh to another computer to log onto a MUD to get some help from a friend), I developed a huge problem: I broke X. Every 1-10 minutes I had to reboot. Frustrated, I logged onto console and began working with it. I became more comfortable with compiling and using the console, missing only the graphics. But after so many friends saying "hey look at this" and my helping friend's frustration over mandrake, I decided to move on.

Red Hat was recommended to me, so I downloaded the ISOs and burned them. I popped in the first disc.. and got an error. Ah, the oh so wonderful "can't find a RH9 install CD." After looking for help all over, I gave up. RH9 was not working and I didn't want to use more CDRs. So I got a crazy idea: move on from mandrake to slackware.

Deciding not to cut any corners as usual, I downloaded everything and made my own ISO. I burned it and went to install.. after struggling a few hours I sat down and read everything I could about it (I'm a very impatient person, with mandrake I just had to follow the menu). Unfortantly, I was not able to fit KDE on it.

I worked on tweaking my console a little then headed to KDE's website with links. The .tgz packages that came with the slackware files didn't seem to work, so I downloaded the source. While compiling I read everything I could find about installation. I was able to install it pretty much without difficulty.. and ran into an error. The permissions on my ICEauthority file were messed up. Normally I would've given up, but I wanted to be able to do something on my own. So I searched with the error and learned what I could about it. I deleted the file and started up the x server.. and it worked!

Although many people told me I shouldn't have gone to linux, then to slackware, I'm glad I did. I am learning so much more using slack, and with linux I seem to be more in control. Although I wish I could find out how to change a few more things, I'm working on making my harddrive a lot more linux-friendly. In console I learned why capitalization/spaces are annoyances. :P
Old 05-29-2004, 02:18 AM   #2
Registered: Jul 2003
Distribution: Slackware 9.1- 2.6
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Woo! congrats man. I made the switch 3 years ago to slackware and have never looked back!
Old 06-11-2004, 05:37 AM   #3
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Exactly the same here.

The installer for slack is just one example, I could get lilo how I wanted even though I was a total newbie to linux if that makes sense. Multiboot with partition magic, you get the idea.

No preinstalled (and non-working) packages for my sagem modem in slack like in mandrake, which I might add would not work with my bog standard ps2 mouse on first go, much tinkering fixed that.

Fedora <- not like it atall. Couldnt get alsa working on souncard.

Lycoris <- looks very nice but it slow, dont know why. It wouldnt work with my graphics card either. 2mb internal ATi not difficult but the very top of the image was squewed. Compiling anything always made errors aswell, devtools was installed so thats weird

Basically Slack seems to be simple (not trying to be fancy it just works), has its own style which is the exact opposite of windows, which everybody aspires to.

My advise is use slack but make sure you have a working windoze partition or machine as the net is invaluable when learning, ditch it afterwards. Lol I remember not being abt to start kde. startx duh


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