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Old 03-21-2003, 12:16 PM   #1
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how cool is zipslack?? in other words, can it be an OS within an OS, kinda like BeOS? windblowz is a necessary evil for me now, accent on evil, but hopefully not for too much longer.
Old 03-21-2003, 11:08 PM   #2
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Zipslack is a small foot print Slack installation. It can do many operations from the command line. Something perhaps to learn from or real handy for diagnostic purposes. Other apps can be downloaded and installed from the small starting point. A full Slack 8.1 install is around 2000+ MByte and the ZipSlack is just under a 100 MByte. So you figure how much can be missing in the 1900 MByte difference. It is difficult to recommend unless you know exactly what you want and know it can be provided though ZipSlack or added easily.
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how cool is zipslack??
If you are wanting to run basic command line networking and file utilities (more can be added) from a DOS partition (not NTFS) then it is very nice. If you are new to Linux and think it will show you all a Linux system can do, it does not.
At one point there was also Big Slack which unzipped a GUI Slackware onto a DOS partition. It was much larger than Zipslack.
Excalibur is right about wanting more info before recommending it.
Old 03-22-2003, 10:39 AM   #4
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Welp, I am a newbie in the sense that All the experience I have with Linux has been on a freshy-fresh, cozy, already provided Linux platform that I had no part in putting together. What I want to do is get Apache_mod_SSL kickin', along with postfix, a realserver, Halflife Deathmatch, and all the lovin' goodness. These are all things that I am experienced with, but again, the platform with which to work on was provided for me in the form of a bash on an existing system. I can compile software, no prob, I just have no clue how to get the OS rollin'. I figure its high time I learned the nutz and boltz of getting it going from the ground up. It's starting to sound like Zipslack is not the way to go. I need to just axe windblowz altogether and take the plunge, seemingly. Thank you for your input. I am sure you all will prove to be most valuable again in the not-so-distant future!!
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I use Zipslack within my Windows 98 "C" installation on an ancient (built in 1995) P150 computer with 96 Meg of RAM. It runs great so far. I use ZipSlack 7.1 on this thing because it is the best thing for that particular machine.
I have to use Slack 7 because this old machine sports a Diamond Stealth 64 VRAM graphics adapter and the architecture won't support anything newer.
ZipSlack can be made to run all 2 GB of the Slack distro, you just have to install them in the proper place. It works great.
Other ideas:
only use a windows-based unzip utility like Winzip
Unzip it into the regular C:\ drive not in C:\Windows.
From regular DOS-mode change into C:LINUX\
then type "linux" or "linux.bat"
If you had hardware that doesn't fit plain vmlinuz, that could be a problem also. There is info on that isue in the FAQ -- just replace vmlinuz with one of the appropriate kernels for your hardware configuration.
Good Luck!

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