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Old 11-15-2008, 06:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy Which install disk should I burn?


I do not install linux very often, so this may seem a stupid question:

If I want X11, Xfce (preferably preinstalled...), Compilers, A good set of applications, WPC11 out-of-the-box support, games (who doesn't like these?), and Slackware 12.1, which torrent should I download and burn?

From there, how do I install? Just pop the disk in, and I will be confronted with an installer? Do I need one of those root disk things?

I am so clueless! I like slack, but it is SO confusing compared to Morphix!

Any help would be appreciated.
 
Old 11-15-2008, 07:04 PM   #2
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If you want specific things only then get the 1st cd only or a net install one(?).

Install a better package manager ...and proceed
 
Old 11-16-2008, 04:08 AM   #3
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First two.
 
Old 11-16-2008, 12:51 PM   #4
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so yall advise me to burn the two first disks.
The root disk is unnecessary then, right?
Will it support the WPC11?
furthermore, is the install straightforward?
 
Old 11-16-2008, 01:10 PM   #5
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Hi,

Actually if you do a full install then you will need cd1, cd2 & cd3 or the dvd for Slackware 12.1.

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from Slackware 12.1;

Slackware 12.1 Install ISO disc 1 (A/AP/D/E/L/N, installers, kernels, Slackbook)
Slackware 12.1 Install ISO disc 2 (F/K/T/TCL/X/XAP/Y, L source)
Slackware 12.1 Install ISO disc 3 (KDE/KDEI)
Slackware 12.1 ISO disc 4 (A/AP/D/E/F/installer source, extra/, pasture/, patches/, testing/)
Slackware 12.1 ISO disc 5 (K/KDE/KDEI source)
Slackware 12.1 ISO disc 6 (N/T/TCL/X/XAP/Y source)


Slackware 12.1 DVD ISO (everything)
 
Old 11-16-2008, 05:48 PM   #6
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so yall advise me to burn the two first disks.
The root disk is unnecessary then, right?
Will it support the WPC11?
furthermore, is the install straightforward?
Btw what do you understand by 'root disk'?
 
Old 11-17-2008, 05:08 AM   #7
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Btw what do you understand by 'root disk'?
Boot and root disks were used by Slackware when there was still a floppy-disk install available.
Now, since Slackware 12.0 and the switch to the 2.6.x kernel there is no more floppy install. The only choices are installation from CD/DVD, or a bootable USB stick, or via the network (PXE boot).

If you download Slackware 12.1 CD 1 and 2, you start the installer by booting from CD1. You will end up with a fully functional Slackware with X Window and XFCE but excluding KDE (packages for KDE are on CD3).

I have no idea whether your WPC11 card is supported by the Slackware kernel. The card is fairly old and the 2.6 kernel has removed support for various old hardware. Try and see for yourself, is my advice.

Eric
 
Old 11-17-2008, 05:08 AM   #8
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so yall advise me to burn the two first disks.
Yes. You'll have X and Xfce and all X applications installed then, but not KDE which is on CD 3.
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The root disk is unnecessary then, right?
You won't need any root or boot disks
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Will it support the WPC11?
I don't know, but would guess so.
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furthermore, is the install straightforward?
Yes. It's text based, so be sure to read
 
Old 11-18-2008, 05:50 AM   #9
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Hmm... On this specific computer, I have quite limited install space.
how big, on average, is slack when installed?

On the second hand, I've heard vector linux is somewhat lighter, and has better hardware support. Would vector be a better idea?

Thanks for the help thus far!

Last edited by chickenlinux; 11-18-2008 at 05:52 AM. Reason: expression of gratitude.
 
Old 11-18-2008, 10:07 PM   #10
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Hi,

If you do a full install for Slackware 12.1 the space requirement will be around 4.5GB.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 11:31 AM   #11
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would a full install be considered all disks?
Again, can anyone rate Vector?
 
Old 11-22-2008, 11:50 AM   #12
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Hi,

You could look at the list that I posted. You need cd1, cd2 and cd3 for a full install. That will include KDE.

As for Vector, it is a Slackware derivative.
 
Old 11-22-2008, 12:46 PM   #13
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Thumbs down

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Again, can anyone rate Vector?
It has been awhile since I've run Vector. It is a user-friendly Slack-like clone. It has a more easy-to-use installer than Slackware. I gave up on it quickly; I didn't like it. I wouldn't recommend it.
I recommend that you take the time to read, learn about the real deal.
Slackware:-)
 
Old 11-24-2008, 08:28 PM   #14
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I installed vector on an older computer, and it works perfectly.
I think I'll go for the real thing on the desktop.
Is there a list of Slack-supported wifi cards?
 
Old 11-25-2008, 12:35 AM   #15
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http://packages.slackware.it/search....t=1&q=wireless - this will list the chips, which firmware comes with slack
More chips are supported by the kernel. You need to look, which chip your wireless card uses. Most often chips, which work without problems in other distros, work in slack too.
 
  


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