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guy24x 05-04-2008 04:43 AM

is it safe running slackware 10.1 now, security-wise?
hi all,
i have the slackware 10.1 install CDs (which i made 2 years ago),and i want to install it on a spare hdd i have, and use it as my primary desktop os. is it safe to use slack 10.1 now, security-wise? i am not willing to spend time upgrading packages, or apps, right now, because i am focused on other things right now. i will be primarily using the system for web browsing (firefox), listening to music (xmms), using my printer (hp laserjet 1010) and scanner (hp scanjet 2400), and <perhaps> some chatting (xchat or gaim or similar). i will be using kde as the front-end. is it safe to go ahead and run slack 10.1 as it is, without any modifications? if not, what are your suggestions, so that it involves the least work for me? i dont have the cash to buy the slack 12.1 CDs, nor is my dsl connection fast enough to download 12.1.


Smedley 05-04-2008 04:45 AM

Shouldn't be a problem, just make sure you get all the updates for 10.1, example:

guy24x 05-04-2008 08:29 AM


are you saying that i have to manually download <all> of those packages and install every one of them, if i have to be safe in terms of security? i mean, is it possible to run an older version of slack, without any updates, and still be safe?


mRgOBLIN 05-04-2008 08:34 AM

Yes to be safe you should install the security updates found in the patches/ directory.

Something like slackpkg (in extra) will make this very easy.

T3slider 05-04-2008 09:24 AM

You could also use rsync to download all of the packages. And to be clear: when security vulnerabilities are found in packages released with a Slackware release (like 10.1), Pat either patches or upgrades the package to fix the vulnerability. Therefore, if you want to be safe and secure with 10.1, you HAVE to download/install all of those packages.

It has been said that security is a process, not a product. Pat tries to release a very stable Slackware release, and he does -- but vulnerabilities can be found in just about anything, and it's a good thing he tracks them and provides updated packages, or else I'd have to do it manually.

guy24x 05-04-2008 11:35 AM

thanks smedley, mrgoblin and t3slider,

i will install slack 10.1 on the spare hdd, and use slackpkg to upgrade. thanks a lot, wish me luck :)


guy24x 05-05-2008 12:56 PM

if i install slack 10.1 and run the following commands:

# slackpkg update
# slackpkg install-new
# slackpkg upgrade-all
# slackpkg clean-system

would it be me practically having installed slack 12.1 ?

i'm a bit nervous to go ahead with this step, so i'm asking. after this process, would it mean that i would have the version of (say) xmms that ships with slack 12.1?


XavierP 05-05-2008 01:03 PM

Read the UPGRADE.TXT file before doing any updating. There are a few steps you need to go through before doing a mass update - it will save you from huge headaches later on.

guy24x 05-05-2008 02:19 PM

but xavier, the upgrade.txt file says it explains how to upgrade from slack 10.0 to 10.1. but i want to upgrade from slack 10.1 to slack 12.1. what do you suggest?

chess 05-05-2008 02:31 PM

I may be wrong, but I do not believe you can easily go from 10.1 to 12.1 and, in fact, I do not believe this is supported. You would need to go incrementally from one release to the next until you get to 12.1.

T3slider 05-05-2008 02:50 PM

Your best bet would be to back everything up and install fresh (maybe you could keep your /home partition intact if you use one). Upgrading from 10.1 to 12.1 will almost certainly break something in the process -- you'd have to upgrade from 10.1 to 10.2, then from 10.2 to 11.0, then from 11.0 to 12.0, then 12.0 to 12.1 -- which is a LOT of work (and the 11.0 to 12.0 upgrade is a big one since a LOT changes between those two releases, especially the kernel version). You're going to have a lot or work ahead of you if you do decide to upgrade.

guy24x 05-05-2008 03:11 PM

yikes! thanks a lot, t3slider, maybe i have to figure out if i'm up to downloading the 12.1 iso's. thanks a ton !


XavierP 05-05-2008 03:48 PM

Apologies, I had too many tabs open. Going from 10.1 to 12.1 is possible but involves upgrading to each subsequent version - 10.1, 11.0 and so on to avoid breakages. Do what T3slider said and install 12.1 fresh.

Probably not a bad idea regardless - if you've been running for a while you will probably have orphaned files and lots of .bak files where you've made mistakes - I know I do!

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