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Old 05-18-2010, 07:21 PM   #1
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Thinking about moving to Slackware, what do I need to know?


I've used a few linux distro over the years but always stuck to ubuntu/kubuntu. Recently ubuntu/kubuntu been really getting under my skin and I will leave it at that. I just want to know what do I need to read up on before I try installing. Also when will 13.1 be released? I was thinking of waiting til 13.1 and try it from there. Also can you guys point me in the right direction of some slackware guides.
 
Old 05-18-2010, 07:28 PM   #2
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The text files in the root of the install DVD, or here
This forum
http://www.slackbook.org/
http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/...21.27.27.27.22

This is for Slackware 12, but the substance is the same, and pretty well written for someone new to Slackware.
http://www.howtoforge.com/the_perfec...op_slackware12

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Also when will 13.1 be released?
Slackware is always released when ready. There is no set in stone release dates, nor a schedule to follow. When Pat and team feels the time is right, that's when it's released.
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Originally Posted by http://slackware.osuosl.org/slackware64-current/ChangeLog.txt
Tue May 18 22:17:13 UTC 2010
Slackware 13.1 RC2. Expect a stable release when it's ready.
 
Old 05-18-2010, 07:30 PM   #3
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Hi swalker23,

You will enjoy slackware, I followed the same route that you have taken and I have no regrets. An installation guide:

ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackwar...lackware-HOWTO

This is of course for the upcoming 13.1 release...

Andrew
 
Old 05-18-2010, 07:33 PM   #4
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Thanks you two^^
That is good to hear that they don't follow a release date, that way they won't rush and have a release full bugs and stuff.
 
Old 05-18-2010, 08:36 PM   #5
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I've used a few linux distro over the years but always stuck to ubuntu/kubuntu. Recently ubuntu/kubuntu been really getting under my skin and I will leave it at that. I just want to know what do I need to read up on before I try installing. Also when will 13.1 be released? I was thinking of waiting til 13.1 and try it from there. Also can you guys point me in the right direction of some slackware guides.
Contrary to what you might have heard Slackware's not difficult at all! In fact it's the opposite. For your first installation do a full install. Slackware 13.1 is just around the corner so it's worth waiting till then.

I have found Slackware very straightforward. When I used Debian I could never make head or tail of startup script locations and stuff like that. And although Apt made software installation very easy it frustrated me when it brought extra dependencies in that didn't seem to be related to the software I wanted at all! I find Slackware very straightforward as regards software installation, although most people supplement what's on the DVD with packages from Slackbuilds or Alien Bob, for example.

I've run into very very few dependency issues over the 9 months I've been using Slackware - indeed, everything has been plain sailing and without a doubt it was the best move I ever made in computers. You will learn an awful lot if you are prepared and happy to learn. In Slackware patches and kludges are kept to a minimum, so the software is close to the original author's intention. Patching and kludging are commonplace in other distros, ostensibly to make things easier for the end user but in my opinion all it does is frustrate the end user.

This forum by the way is a great place to learn about Slackware. The people here are very patient and remarkably knowledgeable about GNU/Linux in general.

And finally, if you test Slackware and you're happy to stick with it don't forget to give something back. It is astonishing how much work the people associated with Slackware GNU/Linux put into the project to keep it running as smoothly as it does. I'm not affiliated in any way and indeed I have yet to make my first donations/contributions to a number of people involved in the project (the recession has bitten very hard here!!) but it's certainly a most worthy project to support.

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Old 05-18-2010, 10:25 PM   #6
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As mentioned, there's no announced date for when a new Slackware release is scheduled. However, the last stable release was August 2009, and -current is in the release candidate stage. As of last Friday, all of the major pieces (kernel, compiler, C library) of the distro are in their final version for 13.1. Nothing's ever certain, but all signs point to a stable release in the frame of days to weeks, not months. If you want to wait on 13.1, you won't have to wait long.

You've also picked a good time to get into Slackware. The next release will contain a nice mix of new Linux updates like the kernel, xorg, KDE 4.4, ati driver, etc. A lot of us are hoping this gets us out of the teething pains of the earlier KDE4 releases, if that's your desktop of choice.
 
Old 05-19-2010, 01:05 AM   #7
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Also can you guys point me in the right direction of some slackware guides.
I've only been using Slackware for seven months, also a migrant from ubuntu. Great move, no regrets, but an early discovery was that there is no single up-to-date user manual for Slackware; building a collection of links to the many Slackware resources on the 'net is a worthwhile first step. The official Slackware site and the distribution itself has a lot of documentation; for example many configuration files have useful comments.

A good starting place is LQ's WIKI.
 
Old 05-19-2010, 04:15 AM   #8
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I also highly recommend slackware; I tried over 10 distros before eventually moving to slackware. All the information I read suggested slackware was a programmers system only, and too difficult for beginners. My experience does not supported it being a difficult path at all; I now use slackware64_current/13.1 on my desktop and netbook. Its more stable now than other systems. The designer is a perfectionist. Yes you have to use a terminal and do a lot of reading; but that is how I have learn much. Slackware is linear and consistent; unlike many other systems.
 
Old 05-19-2010, 07:53 AM   #9
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Recently ubuntu/kubuntu been really getting under my skin and I will leave it at that.
I also started with Ubutnu; and I still use Ubuntu mainly just to follow what is going on with it, and so I can try to help new linux users who use Ubuntu. I mostly use Slackware now though. Slackware runs much lighter and faster than Ubuntu. Also, Slackware will never "get under your skin" because with Slackware everything is under your control. Slackware requires a bit more manual configuration; but the payoff is that everything works the way you want it to. Slackware is also rock solid stable and reliable.
As others have said, read the Slackbook to get started. Also, the Slackware How To, and the helpful hints in the Changes and Hints.txt available on any Slackware mirror or the DVD will get you started. This forum is also a great resource.
 
Old 05-19-2010, 08:53 AM   #10
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As well as what's already been mentioned - onebuck maintains a load of useful links here - well worth checking out.
 
Old 05-19-2010, 08:53 AM   #11
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Here are the answers to some of the more frequently asked questions here, as well as some things that are just good to know:

http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Slackware-FAQ

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Old 05-19-2010, 09:08 AM   #12
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The key to a successful first time Slackware installation is preparation. Slackware has a very logical, well thought out installation routine. Read-up on all of the above-mentioned documentation and you will prevail.
Welcome to Slackware, swalker23!
 
  


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