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Praetorian 06-06-2002 04:53 PM

Slackware is 8)
Okay, I've been using Linux for about 8 months now and I've stayed close to the newbie distros. On and off I'd use Mandrake, Red Hat, or SuSe. Mandrake was my favorite distro and I really had no plans on switching, until 8.2 release. I won't go into details about it but I hated it (and I wasted my money on the Power Pack too :mad: ). So I go out and get SuSe 8.0 Professional and after about a week it started the same crap Mandrake was doing. Out with SuSe and lets move on to Red Hat 7.3 Pro. I decided not to even install it after I got 1 error during install. (don't worry guys, i'm getting to the point of this thread) Okay, so I'm faced with taking a step back and installing ealier versions of Mandrake, Red Hat, SuSe, or make use of my Slackware 8.0 pack (which I never used) or fire up FreeBSD 4.4 (that OS is :cool: ). Well since I'm more familiar with Linux and I was so angry I wanted to get as far as I could from those other distros I fired up Slackware. :)

Slack is great! No bloat, loads fast, and its made me do a bit of work and not depend on GUI tools. I updated to the 2.4.18 kernel last night with everything configured for my box (no modules currently loading). The kernel compile and install went very smooth so I'm happy. I no longer have a problem with my sound in Quake 3 ( read here on VIA and AC97), even though the latest patch will fix that anyway. I'm really happy with my Slack install cause everything works and gives me no problems. Right now I can't see myself going back to Drake, RH, or SuSe. I'm anxiously awaiting the release of Slackware 8.1 :) just so I can have the latest and greatest. This distro is rock solid, I love it.

xgtr 06-06-2002 06:56 PM

Ahh, another convert...
Slackware is a truly great distro. I went through a similar road to awakening... Tried Mandy, tried RH, tried SuSE (blech...) Hey, they look nice and all, but they were slow and bloated.

I heard about Slackware, but fell into the trap of believing it was a nightmare to install and admin. Most forum threads regarding n00b distros advised to stay clear of Slack... Well, I did not listen, and I am very glad I didn't. Install routine may not be GUI, but so what. Install was easy, fast and painfree. Been a Slacker for a year and will never go back...

Now, if only 8.1 final would get here!!!!

xgtr, out.

Rashkae 06-07-2002 10:11 AM

Eye,,, Pretty much the same story here... I was a RedHatter since 5.2. I gritted my teeth and endured the 6.x days, but trying to install and configure 7.x Litterally frustrated me to tears. I then went throught the same procedure of trying all them other distros. (Debian looked promising, but after having spent 2 days trying all the other distros, I just didn't have the patience left for a complicated install.) Finally, since I had nothing better to do and was almost desperate, I put in the Slackware CD and 'lo, saw the light of day at last. That was Slackware 7.1 downloaded from net. It didnt' take me long to pre-order my copy of 8. And of course, 8.1 soons as it comes out.

Thanks Pat.

NSKL 06-07-2002 10:54 AM

I started with SUSE, 1 day of RH and then Slackware! Never going back to anything else....
But on the other side, i beleive if i didn't go with SuSE the first time, i would be using windows still today. Just immagine a spoiled windows user trying to configure Slack without any Linux knowledge! It is impossible, I used SuSE for 2 months until i got the hang of it, then tried RH just to see how it looks, but i didnt like it, and then got Slackware which was very hard at the beggining since i was used to nice Yast2, but soon i learned a lot and realized that doing things by hand, like in Slack, one can configure his system much faster if he knows exactly what he is doing. Also i found that SuSE and Yast2 had some serious bugs to fix. Suse also puts libraries into wierd places so compiling from source was impossible for me since i was a very newbie back then, Also SuSE is not too happy with using custom kernels. Slack is the best in my oppinion because it stays simple but always stable and usable.


egh128 06-07-2002 11:32 AM

Well I still don't know how to install or run any programs. I don't know how to compile from source (whatever that is).

Praetorian 06-07-2002 12:28 PM

In Slackware?

Compiling is fairly easy. Download the souce package for a program. Run ./configure, then make. SU to root and run make install. Thats pretty much how it goes with most software but if not then check out the README and INSTALL files.

xgtr 06-07-2002 12:32 PM


Just read, read, read. Forums like this are a great wealth of knowledge. Have a problem? Run a search and you WILL find the answer. I had a problem getting sound to work with Slack, but found the answer by searching this forum. Teh answers are out there, you just have to do a little digging. Try LinuxJunior also.

xgtr, out...

Praetorian 06-07-2002 12:51 PM

Reading is good, but I also do not mind another question even if I've answered it a billion times before. :)

LinuxJunior has some good PETs (Plain English Tutorials) that are worth checking out.

xgtr 06-07-2002 01:08 PM

Yeah, with some exception, most forum members are happy to answer questions. However, some questions have been asked dozens of times, and the answers are to be found easily. People have to be self-motivated, finding the answer is half the fun!! But, some questions are too obvious. E.G. on a website dedicated to running a web server off your DSL line, someone posted the following question in the sites forum. "How do I run a webserver on my DSL line?" :eek:

xgtr, out...

egh128 06-07-2002 02:29 PM

Source packages come as tarballs?

egh128 06-07-2002 02:46 PM

How do you turn an RPM into whatever the install file is for Slackware?

Sky 06-07-2002 02:58 PM

I started using Linux with SuSE 6.2 i think (I'm not sure about the version number ;))...
After having used SuSE for a period of about a year i heard something about Slackware and that it was quite hard to admin. So i got curious what it would actually be like having it installed... I tried it out an i loved it :) This way i could learn alot about Linux and how things work. I hope Slackware 8.1 will be released soon:cool:


taz.devil 06-07-2002 03:07 PM


Originally posted by kernal
How do you turn an RPM into whatever the install file is for Slackware?
You can try using the program called "Alien" to convert between formats, but the easiest i've found is to go to which is dedicated to Slackware packages. You can find almost anything you need there if you're looking for a binary.

egh128 06-07-2002 03:26 PM

But I don't know what to do with the files.

NSKL 06-07-2002 04:23 PM

Convert rpm's to tarballs to install with installpkg file.tgz use rpm2tgz file.rpm.
Also as mentioned check linuxpackages first since using rpm2tgz should be your last resort.


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