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Old 04-17-2004, 04:36 PM   #1
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I tired of Fedoracore, and I'd like to install Slack

Hello all.

I'm tired of using fedoracore. I hate dependencies. I want to get away from package management and just compile source code.I have compiled a few simple programs on fedoracore. One day I would like to move to a Unix system. I feel that Slackware is the way to go to become more familier with linux and then more to unix. I am intrested in security, and administration. I think with a good understanding of Unix that I will also have a pretty good understanding of how to also run a linux system, and vice versa with slackware. I also like all the unix programs that come with Slack.

So, I want to install slack from my HD if I can. Or make a slack startup disk to boot and then install off of a existing linux partition, once again if I can.
One of the main reasons that I installed Fedoracore, is because I could not get my old slack 9.0 or maybe later, to configure my USB ethernet adapter. Its a f=ma. eth to USB. On my fedora system it uses the pegesus II or 1 driver, or module. I would think that it would use the same on Slack. I know that I would need to use "modprobe" to load the pegesus module. ??? $modprobe /dev/pegesus ??? Not really sure about all the modprobe options, but I can look at old "man modprobe". I think that my modprobe command is a bad syntax? or bad option? I guess if I can get that pegesus module loaded, then all I would have to do is $ifconfig eth0 up
But I think that there is some other config file that I need to edit or add pegesus to. Off the top of my head I would guess mtab because of the m, maybe for "module"? just a guess. But thats my main worry. I have some documentation printed out, from a long time ago. But its a hassle to install a different distro just to connect to the internet and get info on how to set up something as simple as a eth device. Also I'm not sure that 9.0 or 9.1 for that matter have the right support for that device.?

Well, if anyone had a comment about the install of slackware to my HD from another partition, thank you.
I have two 40GB IDE ext3 formatted drives, and one of them can be reformatted if need be.


Blackulafedora1 soon Slack..
Old 04-17-2004, 05:00 PM   #2
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mtab is a list of mounted filesystems, so that's not the one to edit. In slackware modules are in /etc/rc.d/rc.modules, check to see if the module you need is listed in it and uncomment it (remove the hash (#) mark from the start of that line). I'm a bit surprised that slackware doesn't hotplug your card?

Furthermore when you modprobe something you do it for the kernel-module name, not the device-file in /dev. Sorry I can't be of any more help, I'm not really familiar with your card. If you have used some module in Fedora and it worked for you, I'm pretty sure that the same will work for you in slackware also.
Old 04-18-2004, 08:06 AM   #3
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I have gotten round hardware problems before by booting a knoppix CD and seeing what it uses to handle problem hardware, knoppix has superb auto-configuration. Usually afterwards I can get slack to do it. (I must admit to trying a knoppix install but it wasn't as good as slack IMHO.)

OK - its cheating but life is too short ;0)
Old 04-19-2004, 06:03 PM   #4
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its time to scrap.

well. I'm scrapping my fedora installation. I'm going to install slackware 9.0 on a drive that I have fedora on now. that way I will just be able to swap out my HDs if I run into configuring problems for my eth adapter. I'll let you know if I am successful. heh heh.. :-)



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