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General => GNU/Linux Discussion => Topic started by: 10i on April 16, 2014, 04:18:27 pm

Title: Slackware
Post by: 10i on April 16, 2014, 04:18:27 pm
Hi everyone, I really enjoy Peppermint Linux. I am looking for a new challenge, been considering Slackware, although I might be in too deep here.

1. Does anyone here have slackware experience?

2. My computer is set up, I have my networking settings configured, printer is installed, etc. etc. Is there a challenge I can undertake to learn more about Linux - without changing the distro I am using?

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Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: mac on April 16, 2014, 04:27:22 pm
Start with the man pages.  Open a terminal and type ...
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man sudo
Then try
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man lspci
...and so forth and so on with just about any linux command or program you want to learn about.

Post back when you've mastered all of that!  :D
Just kidding, but that should keep you busy for a while.

As far as distros......try Arch Linux.  There is a great deal of online help with that one.  You can also
try Debian.  Have fun!   ;)
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: 10i on April 16, 2014, 04:28:51 pm
I am sure I should be able to learn more about Linux, without having to do something as drastic as changing distro's.

I've been using Peppermint since ICE, and I feel that I don't want to turn my back on my faithful friend.

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Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: mac on April 16, 2014, 04:32:18 pm
... I am looking for a new challenge, been considering Slackware...
;)
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: 10i on April 16, 2014, 04:33:12 pm
Start with the man pages.  Open a terminal and type ...
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man sudo
Then try
Code: [Select]
man lspci
...and so forth and so on with just about any linux command or program you want to learn about.

Post back when you've mastered all of that!  :D
Just kidding, but that should keep you busy for a while.

As far as distros......try Arch Linux.  There is a great deal of online help with that one.  You can also
try Debian.  Have fun!   ;)

Thanks, you can check http://bropages.org , heard about it on the Linux for the rest of us podcast.

The problem with typing man Ispci, etc. Is that I don't know very many Linux commands, other than sudo apt-get install and sudo apt-get remove.

I know how to use Linux for desktop use, but I really don't know much of what is going on in the background. Not sure how to start learning that.

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Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: mac on April 16, 2014, 05:01:31 pm
HERE (http://ss64.com/bash/) is a list of commands you can work through, if you'd like.  Don't actually run the commands (unless you know what they do) but you can use the manpages to learn about them.

For bropages....Assuming you're running Peppermint 4...
Install rubygems....
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sudo apt install rubygems
Then, install bropages....
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sudo gem install bropages
To use it type bro and then the command you're interested in.  For example....
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bro lspci

Edit: Look HERE (http://www.tuxradar.com/content/how-linux-works-ultimate-guide)
Also, check out Youtube for Linux video how to's. 
Above all, read the Peppermint Forums religiously and ask questions as you like.
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: AndyInMokum on April 16, 2014, 05:03:53 pm
Maybe you should try Porteus 3.  It is based on Slackware but designed to be used from USB stick. That way you can keep your Peppermint OS on your computer.  Porteus is stupid quick because it runs off your RAM.  They have a build center where you can custom build your ISO.  A little bit like OpenSuse has.  It is really very cool.   I've got Porteus 2.1 Maté 64bit on an !6GB SanDisk thumb drive. My Porteus Desktop (http://postimg.org/gallery/2aqyttam/). It absolutely flies.  Being Slackware based does mean It takes a little getting used to but once the penny drops, it is really easy.   Their forums are very friendly and helpful too.  Does that sound famiiar  ;D?  Porteus 3 has only just been released, it might be just what you are looking for.  http://www.porteus.org/ (http://www.porteus.org/).
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: mac on April 16, 2014, 05:21:15 pm
 @10i
manpages provide a lot more info and depth than do the bropages

Either way, enjoy your pursuit!  8)
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: 10i on April 17, 2014, 07:42:16 am
Thanks guys, I now have somewhere to begin. Will check out the links.

Thanks everyone for your encouragement so far :)

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Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: mac on April 17, 2014, 07:52:53 am
You're welcome!

Did you try bropages?
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: 10i on April 17, 2014, 11:40:10 am
You're welcome!

Did you try bropages?

Hi mac, I spent the afternoon getting Porteus working on a flash drive. I really battled, first with the SD card (my netbook refuses to boot from SD cards), then I found a flash drive. The tutorial somehow did not work that I found on the site (they mention using the terminal, I had to use the GUI to get where I needed to be and used Furious ISO mount as the commands they mentioned did not work on my system).

Making a long story short, I still love Peppermint and the way it does things. Somehow I always battle when having to follow tutorials: stuff written for slackware "somehow" does not work in Porteus... and so on and so forth.

If I can't find a "Slackware for Dummies" book somewhere, I might not make it  :o
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: mac on April 17, 2014, 02:03:48 pm
Try THIS (http://docs.slackware.com/slackware:beginners_guide) and THIS (http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/the-beginner-s-guide-to-slackware-linux-609245)  :)

EDIT:  BTW, there is a book, "Slackware Linux for Dummies" on both Amazon and Goodreads.
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: 10i on April 17, 2014, 02:28:37 pm
You're welcome!

Did you try bropages?

Looking at it now :)
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 17, 2014, 02:30:27 pm
I once had an idea for a Gentoo based distro where you had to compile everything on a black screen with black text and highlighting

Well you know the way Gentoo users like everything to be as hard as possible.....

S&M Linux - "Be gentoo with me" edition

Maybe this would be an interesting project ?

Oh, and no books allowed .. Mwuhahaha ;)

[EDIT]

I also considered removing the lettering from the keys, and using a foreign keyboard layout .. but figured that was probably a bit over the top  :o
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: 10i on April 17, 2014, 02:52:16 pm
Try THIS (http://docs.slackware.com/slackware:beginners_guide) and THIS (http://www.techradar.com/us/news/software/operating-systems/the-beginner-s-guide-to-slackware-linux-609245)  :)

EDIT:  BTW, there is a book, "Slackware Linux for Dummies" on both Amazon and Goodreads.

I think I am going to learn more about Debian first. I saw the book on Amazon, they don't ship to my country because our postal service is unreliable (last time I checked).

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Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: 10i on April 17, 2014, 02:54:05 pm
I once had an idea for a Gentoo based distro where you had to compile everything on a black screen with black text and highlighting

Well you know the way Gentoo users like everything to be as hard as possible.....

S&M Linux - "Be gentoo with me" edition

Maybe this would be an interesting project ?

Oh, and no books allowed .. Mwuhahaha ;)

[EDIT]

I also considered removing the lettering from the keys, and using a foreign keyboard layout .. but figured that was probably a bit over the top  :o

I would rather use Windows ME than have to go through that ;)

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Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: PCNetSpec on April 17, 2014, 05:45:55 pm
Oh dear lord.....
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: mac on April 17, 2014, 05:57:52 pm
S&M Linux - "Be gentoo with me" edition

K A R A Z Y man.   

I like it :D
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: sszindian on April 24, 2014, 09:50:03 pm
N00B

 If you want to try Slackware out without a lot of fuss... At Distrowatch... 'Puppy'   get the  Slacko-5.x version (under 200MB). You can burn it to a CD and even create a savefile (all your experiments etc.,) on the CD you burn the .iso to and you won't need your HDD at all. It's based strictly on Slackware and a sweet little program that will surprise you as to just what it can do. An excellent way to play with a program without using any of your HDD. You mess up, just burn another CD. The Puppy Linux Forum is very friendly if you need help.
Enjoy  ;)

>>>---Indian------>
Title: Re: Slackware
Post by: 10i on April 28, 2014, 01:26:10 pm
Thanks, at the moment I only have 3G for Internet connectivity. The only company who does ADSL installations does not know when or if they can install our line.

Downloads on 3G is also very expensive.

Just one of the joys of living in South Africa.

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