GNULinux.com: A Tale of Two Views: Slackware 7.0 Review--A Hard OS is Good to Find!
Jun 22, 2000, 15:46 (6 Talkback[s])
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"As usual we begin our review focusing on the new users most
important task, installation (but this time we offer, as a
consolation, a longtime Slackware users view as well). The
problem with Slackware right out of the gate is that the emphasis
is not on installation, but on speed and configuration. If we were
to review the installation process by itself, Slackware would fall
short in the ease of use area compared to other distributions. The
installation routine is unpolished and utilitarian to the point
that it will leave new users wondering why they even tried Linux.
However, Slackware is geared to the more advanced (or adventurous)
Linux user who can install Linux blindfolded."
"The Boxed Set includes a mini installation Help guide which is
adequate. The book "Slackware Linux Installation and Getting
Started" was something of a disappointment as it seemed dated and
was not the same caliber of book as the Bill McCarty Book "Learning
Debian GNU/Linux" that accompanied the Official Debian Set (see the
review here). Since the book did cover a fairly wide range of
topics concerning Slackware we would still recommend it. Obviously,
if newbies want to try Slackware out you will need some
documentation when installing..."
"After rebooting the computer with Slackware Disk 1 in the
CD-ROM, we autobooted to a command prompt. You will be prompted to
login as root (don't fret, you are really only being asked to type
"root", you don't need a password yet). At this point, you have the
option of using cfdisk or fdisk or if you thought far enough ahead
and had prepared partitions, you can just type setup. Note that
this first part is purely CLI (Command Line Interface). Nothing
graphical here folks!"