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Old 03-27-2018, 04:13 AM   #1
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Slack on RPI 3 B+


Hi all

Has someone already tested Slackware on the new RPI 3 B+ ?
 
Old 03-27-2018, 06:43 AM   #2
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Yep, it works!

The sarpi installer image for Slackwarearm was updated within the last few days so hopefully includes the required changes for the 3B+

If not, use the kernel, initrd, config & cmdline.txt from sarpi but the boot firmware from the rpi firmware git

Edit: The RPi 3 is not picked up as lacking an rtc so the fsck timechecks are not stopped, simplest is after you have finished installing, put the SDcard back in the machine you wrote the image with and do

tune2fs -i0 /dev/sdb3 ( it maybe mmcblk0p3 depending on your setup )

Stuart - Apologies, I mistakenly thought I'd sent you a forum message regarding this - could you add "Raspberry Pi 3 Model B" to /usr/lib/setup/armedslack-nofscheck please? Picks up both the 3B and 3B+

Ta

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Old 03-27-2018, 06:51 AM   #3
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Fine !

Thanks for the info #OldHolborn
 
Old 03-27-2018, 08:14 AM   #4
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Yep, it works!
Stuart - Apologies, I mistakenly thought I'd sent you a forum message regarding this - could you add "Raspberry Pi 3 Model B" to /usr/lib/setup/armedslack-nofscheck please? Picks up both the 3B and 3B+
Sure. It'll go out when the kernel is next updated.
 
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Old 03-27-2018, 11:29 AM   #5
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That's great news. I've been debating on whether I should buy a 3 B+ to replace my router (currently a 3 B) for the extra throughput on my network. I am using 2 Ethernet to USB NICs and a USB WLAN NIC. I have the onboard Ethernet and WLAN disabled due to speed and range. I am running CentOS on the router currently and have been waiting for an opportunity to switch it to Slackware. Same goes for my print/scanner server, which is running Raspbian on the Pi 1 B+. Might have to retire the Pi 1 B+ now.

Is it necessary to run Slackware-current for the 3 B and 3 B+ to have support? I would prefer to run 14.2. Slackware-current on my gateway router might be a bit destabilizing I would think.

Thanks!
 
Old 03-27-2018, 01:29 PM   #6
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Can't see why not - I've run Slackwarearm-14.2 on the 2B.

There's one way to find out if it works on the 3B+ - try it!

Then there's the other side of that compatability coin... It's still no speed demon regarding the ethernet port.

It is faster, lots, it's a more efficient USB network device if you like, but it still sits on the one shared USB line.

Wireless is faster apparently, I can't speak for that, don't use it.

Why retire the 1B+ ? It's still a very capable device, especially if you rip Raspbian off it
 
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Old 03-27-2018, 01:47 PM   #7
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Can't see why not - I've run Slackwarearm-14.2 on the 2B.

There's one way to find out if it works on the 3B+ - try it!
Will do!

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Then there's the other side of that compatability coin... It's still no speed demon regarding the ethernet port.

It is faster, lots, it's a more efficient USB network device if you like, but it still sits on the one shared USB line.
So if I made my WAN port the onboard Ethernet port and a LAN port use the USB Ethernet NIC it should be faster for LAN operations. Or maybe the other way around. I've read some bench marking results about the 3 B+ and it seems like either way would yield a faster connection than my current 3 B. I will have to wait and see.

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Wireless is faster apparently, I can't speak for that, don't use it.
The wireless speed wasn't the issue for me, since my LAN is just a 100 Mbps connection. Even if I was able to get the fastest wireless speeds, my WAN connection would still be a bottle neck. The range is the larger issue. The USB WLAN NIC has an antennae on it that boosts the signal range in my house.

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Why retire the 1B+ ? It's still a very capable device, especially if you rip Raspbian off it
I would use it as a test bed for web applications probably, instead of running parts of my network. (print server, scanner service, and Slackware mirror). My usage of Raspbian and CentOS were a temporary lapse in judgement that I regret every day. Ha Ha.
 
Old 03-27-2018, 02:46 PM   #8
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Has someone already tested Slackware on the new RPI 3 B+ ?
Yes. I'm currently involved in running and testing Slackware ARM 14.2/current on the RPi3B+.

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The sarpi installer image for Slackwarearm was updated within the last few days so hopefully includes the required changes for the 3B+

If not, use the kernel, initrd, config & cmdline.txt from sarpi but the boot firmware from the rpi firmware git
The latest SARPi images do support the RPi3B+.

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Is it necessary to run Slackware-current for the 3 B and 3 B+ to have support? I would prefer to run 14.2.
If you prefer to run Slackware 14.2 there's no reason why not. It's still very well supported and runs great on the RPi 3 [B+].
 
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