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GNULinux.com: Slackware 7.1 Preview

Jul 10, 2000, 20:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tommie Giles)

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"The distribution is available as 3 ISO files (and, presumably, 3-4 cd's when it's officially ready for sale) a Source CD, a Install CD and a Contrib CD. We downloaded both the Install and Contrib CD for this preview and took it for granted that the source CD comes with the same high-quality source the Slackware folks have always included with their distribution. After the download was done (love that broadband!) we burned the CDs and booted our test machine from the Install CD. The Slackware installer is classic Slack; a text-based loader which we covered pretty thoroughly in our previous review of Slack 7, .... well thought out and logical. The only changes is an auto-configurator for a network card, which scans all available cards and installs support for them where needed. For those who want to setup the networking on their own, this can be skipped and you can manually input everything. It's not forced and you can skip the dialogue if you wish. Choice is a good thing."

"The Contrib cd comes with XFree86 4.0 for those curious about the new version, but will not been included with the main distribution until the majority of the bugs have been stomped out, along with KDE 1.91 (Kleopatra) and KOffice pre-Beta1. All these items included on the cd are still beta material, prone to crashing, and exhibiting odd behaviour, but show great promise in what's to come. We don't suggest installing KDE 1.91 and KOffice pre-Beta1 unless you are ready for a few rough spots while working with them. Also included on the Contrib CD is the Afterstep, Blackbox and Icewm windowmanagers and supporting files, gcc compilers and the like."

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