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    Never used Slackware but interested


    Hi
    I have a 1GHz Dell laptop that's currently running Debian and acting as a print server / backup computer in case something goes wrong with Gentoo. I'm fairly experienced with Linux, like challenges, and have always been interested in Slackware.

    So, would Slackware be a good distro for a print server, file server, and DHCP/firewall? Also, the originial hard drive died so I only have an 8G in there now. Would that be enough space?

    Any insight would be appreciated.

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    This will tell you the requirements and is very helpful its from the Slackware site

    http://www.slackware.com/book/index....urce=x209.html

    Also i suggest Slackware 10.1 which can be downloaded on the mirrors from this link

    http://www.slackware.com/getslack/
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    Re: Never used Slackware but interested

    Quote Originally Posted by groovygroundhog
    Hi
    I have a 1GHz Dell laptop that's currently running Debian and acting as a print server / backup computer in case something goes wrong with Gentoo. I'm fairly experienced with Linux, like challenges, and have always been interested in Slackware.

    So, would Slackware be a good distro for a print server, file server, and DHCP/firewall? Also, the originial hard drive died so I only have an 8G in there now. Would that be enough space?

    Any insight would be appreciated.
    I think would be fine. I find that slack has less "bloat" than debian, so it would be fine on an 8G drive.

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    Be forewarned, though...Slack uses a different style of init scripts than most *nix distros and that takes a bit of getting used to at first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatline
    Be forewarned, though...Slack uses a different style of init scripts than most *nix distros and that takes a bit of getting used to at first.
    true. I feel that slackware has it right though. That is my biggest dislike of debian, and many other distro. I like my /etc/rc.d
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    In some ways I think the Slackware init scripts are very nifty, but I "grew up" in the rest of the linux world, so it's always a bit disorienting when I first go back to Slack.
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    Is there anything in slack analogous to emerge or apt-get? If so, does it compile source or download binaries?

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    slackware does have a version of apt-get, slapt-get I think; however, the default package tool is pkgtool, you dl the package from a repository yourself and installpkg whatever. Not to bad really, easier to compile yourself I've found though.
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    as genesus said there are several, slapt-get, swaret, etc.... however, there is no dependency checking...... I too find it eaiser just to compile yourself
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    Ok, so there's no native apt-get type program for Slack? I'm fine with compiling myself but I just wanted to check. Personally I don't like apt. Rather, I think Gentoo meets you in the middle with emerge since you control all the compile options. Either way, I guess you can't use Linux without compiling yourself. Plus, where'd the fun be otherwise?

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