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ducatiboy 09-24-2003 02:43 PM

Is there an iso for 9.1 rc2 out?
Ok, I'm sorry if this question is either too newbie or stupid, but I was wondering if there was a cd rom iso image of the newest slackware 9.1 release?

I see 9.0 all around and it seems that 9.1 isn't in iso format yet.

I have been installing all sorts of Linux distros on my laptop (thinkpad T22), just playing around. I have done: Red Hat 9, Mandrake 9.1, Lindows 4, Suse 8.2 and Gentoo 1.4 (and it actually worked when I was done). So I figure that if I can get Gentoo working I woulnd't have a problem with slackware. Unfortunately, the documentation for installing slackware doesn't seem as "newbie/hold you hand" as gentoo seemed to be (at least the docs on the web page). My big thing is speed, it's a laptop so I boot and shutdown every time. Gentoo was pretty fast, but it takes so long to set up (and for some reason, after a few days, I couldn't compile packages anymore.... but that is another story). I heard that slack was faster than RH and Mandrake, so I wanted to try it.

Is there a walkthrough for installing 9.1?

Should I just grab 9.0 and not bother with 9.1?

Is there an easy way to install 9.0 and then upgrade to 9.1?

I'm usually installing from a boot cd rom and following instructions and install menus, I would assume that slack 9.0 iso's have that kind of thing. Is there something like that for 9.1?

Thanks a bunch!


nvn 09-24-2003 02:59 PM

Well, as you probably know, Slackware 9.1 is (was?) scheduled for release late september, which means it'll most likely be available pretty soon (and man, do I look forward to it or what?). Hence, if you're going to run 9.1 anyway, don't bother installing 9.0 now (my humble opinion).

I say...if you don't care much, go for 9.0. :) If you want to aid in the testing process, go for the latest release candidate (which I believe is rc1). Otherwise, just wait a little, and the official 9.1 release will be turning ftp sites all around the world to gold. :D

ducatiboy 09-24-2003 03:05 PM

I would like to play/help with the testing process. It's on a spare hard drive that I use to play and try out installing and different os's. My main problem is that I can't find iso's for the latest release candidate (rc2, which came out a day after rc1 or something crazy like that). The iso, boot cd is the only way I have ever installed linux. Well, suse 8.2 is a boot cd with a ftp install.

Either way, I didn't find any documentation on how to install 9.1.

But from the stuff that looks like it's included in slackware 9.1, I can't wait till it comes out, I really want to try it.

Astro 09-24-2003 06:05 PM

Is there a place that does nightly builds of Slackware-current? If not I'd really like to start one as long as I had a place to put the mirror eventually... any ideas??

J.W. 09-24-2003 06:32 PM

Slack v9.1 has not been released yet, as nvn pointed out. I definitely would recommend installing Slack v9.0 though, as it will be a most excellent experience.

One good source for the latest Slack ISO's and -current is:

For Slack installation info:

Have fun -- J.W.

Shade 09-25-2003 04:08 AM

Check this out-- not official isos, but isos built from the -current tree.

enjoy :)

wallison 09-25-2003 10:50 AM

You could also make your own iso. Just look in /slackware-current/isolinux/README.TXT

Astro 09-25-2003 11:03 AM

Yeah I know, I'm looking to run a site with a slackware-current ISO nightly for people that are interested.

ducatiboy 09-25-2003 02:36 PM

Thanks, that "book" link completely escaped me. I don't know why I didn't look there.

I installed 9.0 last night just to play. Didn't work right. I had the drive partitioned for my old Gentoo build. Which had a boot partition on hda1, swap on hda2 and root on hda3. I think that the partition info was listed as hda1 as a bootable partition, and 3 wasn't. That's why I tried booting my machine off the hard drive and all I got was "GRUB" in the top right. I booted of the cd and loaded the kernel off the hard drive and played. I guess I should have wiped out the partitions and done them up like in the "book".

Scruff 09-25-2003 06:17 PM

Here's a review written on 9.1. I preordered it a few weeks ago. Apparently Ximian Evolution will finally be included with Slack! Can't wait!!!

J.W. 09-25-2003 07:11 PM

Scruff - I hadn't heard that Evolution would be included with Slack, that is great news. However, if you want to get Evolution now, you can easily do so by installing Dropline. Evolution 1.4 is included in Dropline, along with a large number (> 160) other useful packages. The best thing about Dropline is that it allows you to avoid the usual package dependencies that you otherwise might encounter.

Go here: to get Dropline and learn more about it. Installation is easy, and it's the easiest way I've found to keep my system totally up to date. Note: Dropline will set your default window manager to Gnome, so if you happen to prefer KDE (or whatever) you'll need to set it back. -- J.W.

Scruff 09-25-2003 08:07 PM

That is definitely great news. I loved using Evolution in Mandrake, but surfed around to see about using it in Slack and most people said it was way more hassle than it's worth including Ximian themselves.

Thanks alot for the info about Dropline. I hadn't ever looked into it, but I am going there now :)

Wow... I never even included the link to that review:

austindad 09-28-2003 10:17 AM

You can get the Slackware 9.1 iso's here:

You will need to download BitTorrent first though.

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