Is slackware too ambitious?
I'm a complete newbie to Linux, I've seen a knoppix live cd before, but thjat's about it. I've looked at them and for a while mandrake seemed appealing but I thought that slackware was a really good choice because I can learn from it, if you understand me?
An issue is I'm going to install onto an advent 7003 (old poo laptop) and this webpage is making me think maybe nothing's going to work. For a start, windows xp doesn't work for me with networking anyway :p so that's not a problem. It's a laptop I don't use really because I have a desktop and a portable one, so this is kind of a test laptop.
Looking forward to slackware :) just wondering about the boot disk thing now though. Do you just put the CD in when your bios is set up to boot from it, because on slackware's website there's lots of things you have to choose first which I didn't really understand :/ do you make your own bootdisk?
Maybe this should be in the newbie forum, but I'm pretty set on slackware. Even if I don't get it going first time, just try, try and try again right? As far as my experience with coding and things goes, the most advanced I've done is writing simple macros in excel and scripts for games!
Re: Is slackware too ambitious?
Go for Slack. I'd hardly call that an "old poo laptop", at least not in my interpretation of "poo"! The good points are these: you have another computer for web access and other needed use; you have some guidance as to how to deal with the specifics of your machine (that web link); it's a very decent machine, based on the specs; and you are motivated to get Slack. Just do it!
As for partitioning, with a 40Gb drive, you could put about 6 Slackwares on it. Actually, having 2 installs could be very useful if you want to learn: you'd be able to break one and then use the other to first figure out what went wrong and second, to fix it "from the outside" if needed. And you'd learn about multi-booting set-up. Sounds to me, from your description of where you are and what you want to do, Slackware is a great choice.