Installed Slackware 10 Saturday afternoon. just to share my thoughts with the community.
Installation was a breeze. It's quite refreshing to see how such a 'simple', non-gui style of installation can still be so functionally efficient in this day n' age. Did a full install with no prompting for packages. Installed to hdb8 (hdb1 is swap, hdb6 is SuSE 9.1, hdb7 is /home for SuSE)
Couldn't be bothered to setup network during setup so left that till after install (not sure why I did that). Selected KDE as default DE. Selected to mount the SuSE & Win partitions (on the first Hdd). Didn't bother to install Lilo as I intended to edit grub through SuSE to choose which distro to boot (which I successfully did after installation).
So booted into Slack 10. Runlevel 3. Fire up mc. Edit Xorg.conf to set monitor frequency correctly for my 19Ē monitor. Add 1280x1024 as an available mode to the device section. Add the ď5Ē buttons and ďZaxixMappingĒ details to mouse section. Also edit inittab to select Runlevel 4 as default.
Do startx. WOW Kde loads fast. Never seen kde load that fast on SuSE. Monitor frequency is fine but resolution is 1024x768. Ctrl + Alt + + wonít allow me to select higher then 1024x768. So back to init 3. Install nvidia 1.0.6111 driver back into X and all is fine. 1280x1024@24 bits at 85-90Hz (need to try 32 bits colour).
Run glxgears, 2300 fps. Strange because in SuSE 9.1 I get 3600 fps. Will have to work that one out later, itís not a priority.
Mouse pointer works fine but wheel just wonít work at all. Added ďEmulate3ButtonsĒ option to xorg.conf but still no joy. Again another thing for me to work out.
Run netconfig, setup broadband, no problems. Run alsaconf, setup Soundblaster Live, no problems.
After having to put up with the disgusting Keramik theme (not slackwareís fault but KDEís, Why does such a great project use that as the default? ) head over to kde-look.org, download some windecos and themes. Compile, make and make install. WOW they ALL worked with no errors at all. Thatís practically the first time Iíve experienced compiling source successfully. With SuSE I just gave up hope ever trying and always searched for an rpm.
Downloaded k3b from linuxpackages and did installpkg. Installed almost in the blink of an eye. How was that possible?
So using Slackware for 1 Ĺ days this is what I noticed so far:
- Fast, very fast. KDE no longer seems bloated. Things just Ďruní when you execute them. Havenít even tried Xfce 4.0.5 (I used to use XFce on SuSE when I just wanted things done in a hurry)
- Rock solid stable. I canít crash this thing even if I try.
- I get a real feeling that Iím learning/using ĎLinuxí as it should be. Gives a real feeling of accomplishment. Iíve been running SuSE as my main OS for nearly a year now (first 8.2 then 9.1)
- So configurable. I get the feeling of no boundaries, no limits.
- Compiling from source ALWAYS works. Itís quite amazing.
Iím enjoying it all so much. Yes many things have to be done manually, but Iím learning so much in the process. And I have a better understanding of my OS.
Slackware just seems awesome. Still got a lot to setup and configure. Downloaded OOo 1.1.3 but havenít installed it yet. Still got to install my printer etc. etc.
So far I am very impressed. Stable, fast and responsive. What more could a person want from an OS? Iím sure Iíll be asking for help around these forums in the future (maybe about the mouse wheel ;) but for now Iíll happily play about the settings and get it all going bit-by-bit.
One quick question, does Slack 10 come with a firewall application?