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Old 12-02-2004, 01:48 AM   #1
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Updating Slack connection speed question.

I just got my Slackware 10 box connected to the internet.

I would like to do an update, but I am concerned that 28.8 is to slow and the update will either take forever or disconnect during download.

So is 28.8 to slow to do an update? (Please, no laughing at the speed I live in the middle of nowhere.)

I am still new to Linux, and haven't really stuck with a distro long enough to worry about updating.

BTW: I am a huge fan of Slack 10. It's on 2 of 4 computers, and is going on the third soon.
The second computer is a laptop. I think I can use my office wlan to get that updated.

Old 12-02-2004, 03:41 AM   #2
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Well, that really depends on what you are updating.

If you are trying to update the entire system to current...I wouldn't bother.

However, if you are just trying to update individual programs and packages, than you should be OK. Some packages are larger than others (some are quite large) but many are only a megabyte or two.

What did you want to update?
Old 12-02-2004, 07:43 AM   #3
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If at 28.8 and you're paying your ISP by the minute then without deep pockets, you probably just want to keep up with 10.0 patches. Otherwise search here for 'rsync', and create your own mirror of current. With more than one computer it just makes sense to maintain your own mirror (perhaps without /source) to use for updating all local computers.

My .02
Old 12-02-2004, 08:11 AM   #4
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I was looking to update everything.

I will look for some of the smaller updates.
I will target the programs I use on a regular basis.

Thanks for your .02.

I will look up rsync.

Thanks again.
Old 12-02-2004, 11:23 AM   #5
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If you are looking to upgrade everythin it will take like 2 weeks...i have dsl and it takes like 2 hours or more to dload/install everything (and i have a p4 1.6 ghz)
Old 12-02-2004, 01:27 PM   #6
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Do make sure you stay on top of the security patches, you might want to sign up for the slackware security email so you'll be informed when new updates are available.
Old 12-02-2004, 01:31 PM   #7
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I would also just do the 10.0 security updates. I would use wget to get them one at a time, so that you can monitor what was downloaded completely before you start to upgrade them.
Old 12-03-2004, 01:13 AM   #8
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Thanks for the input.

I will start on downloading the security patches asap.

The rest will have to wait.
I think it will be a while before broadband really gets here.
I was at a meeting tonight. Verizon isn't doing DSL here, but they are might do fiber to our houses. I can't remember the name of it, but I heard it's really fast. 15 up - 15 down.
Cable will be here in 6 months at 1.5 and 3.
Something to look forward to.

I guess I can add a distro to my profile now.(Slack 10.)

Thanks for the input. sorry for rambling.(28.8 sucks.)


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