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Old 07-30-2003, 11:50 AM   #1
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Question Minimal Install w/ XMMS??

Hey All-

I'm a total newbie to Slackware...I've used RedHat on and off for a couple of years now.

I have an old (P100, 32MB RAM, 1G HDD) laptop that I want to use as a dedicated MP3 player. It's got an Opti 930-based sound system (I had it working with Vector Linux at one point) and can play MP3s pretty well. Anyway, I would like to be able to connect it to my stereo system and sometimes bring it out to my car to use.

I'd like to be able to load MP3s off of my Windows Machine (the laptop has an 802.11b PCMCIA card), the CD-ROM or the Hard Drive.

I'd like to keep the install as small as possible... could anyone tell me the bare minimum things I need to install to get this to work? I want to run XMMS... so, I'd assume I need to install X at the very least, plus PCMCIA, Networking and Sound support.

Any help is greatly appreciated.



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Is this any use?
It's a minmal distro designed just for multimedia use.
Old 07-31-2003, 05:26 AM   #3
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The problems I can see with your plan are the following:

1. A HDD of 1GB is probably not enough to store a lot of MP3s.

2. 32 MB of RAM is probably not enough to run a lot of window managers. Not to mention play MP3s at the same time.


Launch the installation of Slackware, choose the "expert" option, and leave out everything, *except*:

"A" packages (base system).
"N" packages (networking -- make sure you have Samba)
"X" packages (X11R6)

Then, install "xmms" (should be in the "G" packages or in the "XAP" packages).

Then, install a very light windows manager. I think Fluxbox is your best bet here.

Configure everything and make sure it works [yes, this is the hard part!]...

Create an SMB share on your windows machine and make sure your laptop mounts it.

That's it! Your laptop should be able to play MP3s from your windows machine. Another solution would be to install another Slackware PC as the MP3s server, mounting the MP3 directory with an NFS share instead of SMB.

Hope this helps...


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