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Old 05-16-2006, 11:59 AM   #1
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custom installation of slackware


I will be getting an extra computer soon, but this is an old computer, (it can barely run windows 98)
I would like to put slackware on this computer, but without the X-invironment, I would be constantly working with the commandline.

Is this possible with Slackware 10.2 (probably)?
Where do I choose this?

This will be the first time I install a linux distro alone, so all help will be appreciated.

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Old 05-16-2006, 12:12 PM   #2
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Indeed, it's possible. You may be interested in this:
Old 05-16-2006, 12:15 PM   #3
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I believe slackware will suite your needs quite well. As far as installation is concerned in a standard linux install you will not be givin an Xwin enviroment on startup automatically, which is just as well. Since your intention is not to use an Xwin enviroment it would be prudent to unselect the appropriate packages to save space (particually KDE).

I would suggest you start here

It's a good tutorial on how to install and configure slackware. You'll want to ski over some of the graphical configuration sections but other than that it should suite your needs

Let me know how it turns out
Old 05-16-2006, 12:18 PM   #4
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Bless you. You are about to educate yourself very effectively. Have some patience. Start by visiting the Slackware site and read about the installation procedure. Also referenece the Slackbook. It's available online.

Slackware can easily be used only from the command line. If you are not familiar with Unix in general, it can seem impossible at times. If you are, this is quite simple. Slackware defaults to run level 3, the command line after install. You have to tell it to boot into run level 4 if you want X Windows right away.

Keep notes of what you have done. Slackware is one of the easiest Distros to customize, but after a few years you forget what you have done. My notes are about 8 pages of solid, raw text now! That gets me from a fresh install to a fully customized system. I don't reinstall each time I upgrade; Slackware is good for upgrading as well. But if I ever have to, or I want to set up a new system, I can, because I know exactly what I have done.

Have a good time... And take a break if it stops being fun! Good Luck.
Old 05-16-2006, 08:19 PM   #5
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You can tell Slackware during the install not to install X or KDE. It's just two little clicks to unselect them. You will then have a non-GUI, pure cli interface. Neat thing is, you can add it later if you wish.


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