Basic questions about Slaware 10.1
I must warn up front that I am a complete newcomer to the linux world, sure I've played around with about every live cd I can download and burn (like Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Slax, Helix 1.6 (that one has some awesome tools), SuSe 9.2, DSL, ect), and must say I'm very impressed with some of them to say the least, namely slax and Ubuntu (and I guess technically Kubuntu as well since it just has a different desktop manager). Since slax is a lightened version of slackware, and it seemed to work so seamlessly with my configuration (we'll get to that later), I've decided to go with Slackware 10.1.
So my few questions are as follows:
1. My desktop was designed with gaming in mind 2 years ago, but still can hold it's own against some of today's systems, I had had some trouble with it under windows and thought it might be the OS so I switched to Mandrake 10.1 but similar if not more spaced out problems still persisted. I've narrowed it down to the power supply not being up to snuff for the rig I'm running (it says 400w, but it came with the 20 dollar case), it's either that or my motherboard, ram, video card, and hard drives are bad. But I digress, my first question is this, how will slackware 10.1 run under this configuration:
Shuttle AV49N mobo
2.4 Ghz P4 533 mHz FSB
1024 MB DDR 333 (PC2700), yes the mobo supports 3200 but it was expensive when I built the system
Nvidia FX 5700 w/ tv tuner
western digital 120 GB HD (Slave, for storage, being left NTFS until I can recover the information I need off of it)
western digital 20 GB HD (Master, for OS and programs linux formatted, of course)
Pioneer 16x Dual Layer DVD burner
Generic 16x DVD reader
and of course exsessive amounts of colling fans
all of this is run by the, come with the cheap case, "400w" power supply
I'm looking to get a rosewill 500w PSU, which I'm hoping will solve my voltage related problems. The main area of concern is the video card, will it be able to function at full potential, I found out that doom 3 will run naitive on linux since it doesn't use the proprietary Directx video solution, but rather openGL, so this machine will be playing doom 3 very often, along with Return to Castle Wolfenstein, which ran perfectly maxed out on the system under windows.
2. This may be a superflous question but, does slackware come with any software development tool, like a C++ compiler, I'm trying to learn C++ and it would be really nice if I didn't have to download anything later, aside from the linux patch for doom3.
3. This is a minor concern but, will I still be able to use the TV tuner and Radio tuner functions of the video card?
4. How newb friendly is slackware, it makes no difference, because I am a fast learner, but it'd be good to know if my first foray into true C++ coding will be to do something like change the resolution of my display.
You answers and comments are much appreciated
Yay, my CD's are done, now I can go install the OS, I hear it's alot of commands so I might be refering back here to help with the install.