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7thdecade 10-21-2012 06:58 AM

Pleased to meet you, Slackware people.

I have just installed Slackware 14.00 XFCE 64-bit without KDE or Lilo (I do not feel at ease with KDE and I also boot Debian and Solus so I did not need Lilo).

The installation went fine and I boot Slackware with Grub 2. I made a new User and set new passwords for User and Root and after reading online, I got the system to boot to the Log-in screen rather than a console. Also I selected a French repository to download applications from and I ran: slackpkg update. I got rid of Google and put Startpage, Ixquick and Duck Duck Go in its place. All fine so far.

However, I can't find any information on what to do next or how to download necessary applications. I can't read the tons of notes I have written and put in my Slackware home, because they are Open Office or Libre Office files or in text files.

In my Slackware XFCE installation, there is no word processor, no text editor like Gedit or Mousepad or Leafpad and also the Wastebin is called Trash, so I suppose that I am using American dialect, not British English.

Can anyone advise on how to install a text editor and a British English pack?

I have tried: "apt-get install mousepad" and "slapt-get -i mousepad" and I get "Command not found. I am rather lost without a text editor and I need to use my own language. I looked at the Wiki docs and they instantly talk about using text editors and I found no information on how to download one, or download anything else, for that matter.

Best wishes, all :newbie:


Alien Bob 10-21-2012 07:24 AM

Hi 7thdecade, welcome to the Slackware Linux forum at!

Have a look at the Slackware Documentation Project, , it has several articles which will answer your questions. Like: how to proceed after completing the installation:

A site which hosts thousands of application build scripts: and you can use the tool "sbopkg" to manage the compilation of these scripts into Slackware packages if you want:

There are several sites which host ready-built Slackware packages. I run one of those 3rd party "unofficial" package repositories:
You can find LibreOffice packages there for instance: (fast mirror here). Slackware has the "Calligra" office suite but that is part of KDE.

The word "trash" is quite common in computer land, I do not think that you will find a british english translation for that...


xflow7 10-21-2012 07:35 AM


As far as text editors apart from the KDE apps, a default Slackware installation should have both emacs and gvim installed. Both have GUI frontends if you're lost with their keyboard commands.

For language settings, I believe you can either change it system-wide by editing /etc/profile.d/ (assuming you are using BASH shell), or you can set it per-user by adding


export LANG=en_GB
to ~/.bash_profile (again, assuming you're using BASH shell)

Stephen Morgan 10-21-2012 07:47 AM


Originally Posted by Alien Bob (Post 4811281)
The word "trash" is quite common in computer land, I do not think that you will find a british english translation for that...

I once tried Pinguy and found that it called it "Trash" in one place "Wastebasket" in another and "Rubbish Bin" in a third, in the British language version. Nautilus generally calls it "Rubbish Bin" in the en_GB language.

7thdecade 10-21-2012 08:06 AM

Hello Slackers

My apologies for asking such newboy questions as above but the available documentation is not very easy to understand. A simple example of step-by-step instructions on getting a new user to install an application would have been so useful to a newcomer to Slackware. After a user has gone through the steps once, he or she is able to go through those steps to install something else next time. Understanding how to get started is the hurdle.

The language part of my question is solved. I found via Duck a post written in 2009 giving clear instructions on how to set your language in Slackware (the Installer did not do its job, although I asked for British English and set my locale as London). In seems I had to go root and type: # nano /etc/profile.d/ and then change the language there to my own, which I remembered from a problem with Debian once to be en_GB.UTF-8. Thank you so much Ismail for your post on Thursday 04 June 2009. Your kindness in writing such a post is appreciated :-)

Hannes Worst 10-21-2012 08:24 AM

You could try Libreoffice (An office-suite). You can get it, for instance, at, or the from packages from Alien Bob (a Slackware maintainer). Download the package libreoffice-I10n-en_GB from this site, go to the directory where the download is located en as root issue installpkg libreoffice-I10-en_GB-3.6.2-i486-2alien.txz.
It would help if you reed a bit more about the specific packagemanagement in Slackware though, for instance in the slackware book

7thdecade 10-21-2012 05:07 PM

SOLVED. Thank you all.
Hello Alien Bob

Thanks for your quick reply and list of links. it is just what I needed. I am sure I will find something there to get me something to write on (rather than having to use old-fashioned pen and paper because there is no light text editor or word processor) :-)

Re "Trash" and British English, earlier today I found a post by Ismail from June 2009:
so I used the command: # nano /etc/profile.d/
and set my language as: export LANG=en_GB.UTF-8
After reboot, the "Trash" was now in British English and called "Wastebasket". Job done.
Thank you too xflow7 for mentioning this.

Thanks to everybody who replied. I will try your link, Hannes Worst.
My first problems can be seen as SOLVED.

I look forward to being a Slacker


TobiSGD 10-21-2012 05:19 PM

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