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Old 12-16-2002, 01:12 AM   #1
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Slackware Installation


Hello, here is newbie with slackware. Tonight (or tommorow) I'm going to start installing slackware to eventually transfer from winblows to linux. I already downloaded slackware-current but discovered that slackware.com isn't available at this time. At my work I'm making my install preperations doing research and last week I discovered how to install form floppies.

Now my point is: I thought I would need the bare.i (boot disk) and the install1 and install2 (root disks). On this forum I read that sometimes you need 6 floppies. Could some explain? I don't need any network during install because I have the entire slackware-current on a local drive. Wat may be of importance is that there is a HPT raid controller to which the drives are attached but I don't use any raid solution. When linux is running I want to make a mirror of the data partions, but that is for later concern for I read that was possible with linux instead of the hardware itself. Once I've installed I think I can manage the dual boot part for there is enough info on these forums.

Thanks for helping, and be warned, I'll be back often enough before everything works!

Edgar
 
Old 12-16-2002, 03:39 AM   #2
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G'day Edgar and welcome to LQ.
One question before you install slackware-current, do you know that it's the development branch of slackware and is currently in beta?
You might find it easier to start with slackware-8.1 which is available as an iso image that can be used to make a bootable install cd.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 03:52 AM   #3
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I did read that on the site and the net. Also I read that it was quite stable. As for the iso image, it seems enough people use it with some difficulty booting it but I know enough to solve that problem having installed many OS's often, often the latest releases and beta's.

Maybe I will use 8.2 but the reason for using current was actually that other programs such as KDE apps, GNOME apps which are running the latest versions are included. Also I think I it would provide plenty of challenges for myself and information for others for there is quite some hardware to install.

Thanks for the tip though (Aussie), I'll follow it if the current version is to tricky. Then I'll install it next to it, room enough.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 04:05 AM   #4
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Well, I've got kde-3.1 from cvs and gnome-2 installed on slack-8.1 here, all is working fine. One think to keep in mind is that slackware-current is compiled with gcc-3.2 and as such is binary incompatable with any slackware-8.1 or earlier packages.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 04:28 AM   #5
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Okay guys I read and thought more (time enough for that). I think that it may be wise to use 8.1 first. So I'll do that. Then my question now is: what should I download? I can't brouwse ftp servers at work so please tell me the folders, for I don't think it's nessesary to download the entire somewat 2,4Gb is it (what I did do for current)?

Gosh this is catching, I can't wait to start installing.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 04:45 AM   #6
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You only need to download the iso image (657mb) from your nearest mirror and burn it, there is a list of mirrors here, http://www.linuxiso.org/viewmirrors.php/287
The file name is 'slackware-8.1-install.iso'
 
Old 12-16-2002, 04:51 AM   #7
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Okay, thanks for you help. I'll start up M$2kPro this afternoon, download and burn it and then start the installation. I think I'll be able to get through it, and I'll always have my laptop with the internet by my side.

Again thanks for the help, some day I'll be able to post answers instead of questions
 
  


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