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Old 04-15-2004, 04:38 PM   #1
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switching from Mandrake


Hi,
I've been using mandrake for some time now but I think it's a little too 'modified'. Every single configuration file has suffered a lot of customization and the whole system has been so customized that a lot of stuff you learn on linux doesn't really apply to Mandrake since it has its own way of doing things. So u end up learning not about linux, but about "Mandrake".

So I was wondering if Slackware is different. I heard it allows more freedom in terms of setting the system up the way you want etc. And that you actually get to learn linux not "Slackware".

if that's the case then I'd very much be interested in switching from Mandrake. Any suggestions as to how i should go about it? Is there a way to uninstall mandrake first then install Slackware or something like that?

Thanks a lot
 
Old 04-15-2004, 04:41 PM   #2
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During the Slack install, there is a step to partition your hd (as there is with all of them), just delete your partitions and then recreate them - Mdk will be gone.

Slack is the most Unix-like distro and is one of the oldest. It is excellent for learning and works very well, I'd definitely recommend it.
 
Old 04-15-2004, 07:21 PM   #3
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only way to find out is to try it, use it. I did those, and i like it.
 
Old 04-15-2004, 07:28 PM   #4
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Re: switching from Mandrake

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Originally posted by ttilt
And that you actually get to learn linux not "Slackware".
Based on what you are saying Slackware should be an excellent distro for you.

I have been using Linux for a couple of years and I didn't start with Slackware. I started with other stuff like RedHat and Mandy. For some reason I tried Slackware. It just plain worked, period. I was so impressed with the "in your face Linux" that I haven't changed distros since.

Oh...and happy birthday.
 
Old 04-15-2004, 10:45 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally posted by XavierP
During the Slack install, there is a step to partition your hd (as there is with all of them), just delete your partitions and then recreate them - Mdk will be gone.

Slack is the most Unix-like distro and is one of the oldest. It is excellent for learning and works very well, I'd definitely recommend it.
hi Xavior,

THanks for the info. BUt that's the thing, I have a lot of stuff on my mandrake partition that I need to keep. Not just home directory files but also stuff like netscape that's in (/usr/local/netscape), java sdk (/usr/java) etc...

Does it work to simply install slack over mandrake? Or is there a way to remove mandrake first without reformatting the whole partition?

thanks

PS.: THANKS FOR THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Happy birthday to u too when the time comes :-)
 
Old 04-20-2004, 01:20 AM   #6
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can anyone help here?
 
Old 04-20-2004, 01:39 AM   #7
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backup your data and burn them on a cd if needed
The install cd contains mozilla anyways. Install should be fine you worry too much...that might be why no one answered you...
when i do a new install , i backup every important documents or programs but never java dir or mozilla dir(only the important downloaded archives or bin files). Fresh and clean install , i put back my .* essential settings like .mozilla .gftp .blackbox .rox_choices .XXX etc... after that i usually setup a little lan between my laptop and the pc to transfer files if needed.
 
Old 04-20-2004, 04:34 AM   #8
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Yeah you will definitely need to back everything up and reinstall from scratch... I doubt that the Mandrake binaries are going to work very well with Slack.
 
Old 03-05-2005, 05:08 PM   #9
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Time to UpGrade to Slack 10.
Yes, I still do the dual boot . . .
There are some things I can't figure out how to do with Slack.
Don't know if I ever will.(Don't have the time lately)

I've kept most important files on the windoze hd.
Then I reboot and burn.
Can't find where the gftp config files are, the ones
that contain all the bookmarks.

Is there a way to back them up?
Anything else anyone can recommend to back up?

I installed Slack 9.1 when it was shiney and new.
So there are probably some settings I've forgotten about.
I do thoroughly enjoy Slackware, I've tried some of these
"LiveCD's" they are cool and everything works.
Even my printer and burner, and sound.
I hope Slack 10 is going to run the burner out of the box.

The main reason to UpGrade is so I can burn CD/DVD's.
windoze always works for that.
Tried, but could never get k3b to install.
Just tried it again and no go.
Gets to the finding gui screen and then just it's gone.

Anyways enough rambling,this was supposed to be a quick question . . .

Thanks
 
  


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