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Slackware Linux 13.1 screenshots

If you've grown tired of all the hand-holding utilities in Ubuntu or Fedora, then look no further than Slackware — a distribution that shuns the now-standard GUI configuration and system utilities in favour of the venerable command line.
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By Chris Duckett, Contributor on
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Welcome to the text-based Slackware install procedure. We are going to be here for quite a while.


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Be gone vile sliders and sexy GUI partitioning tools — it's fdisk or naught in this install environment.


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The pure text is soon replaced by an ncurses-environment, which makes installation a little bit easier and less foreboding.


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Package series selection is reminiscent of a set selection in the BSD world.


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The installation documentation highly recommends going with the "full" option here, lest one end up hitting "y" an awful lot.


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Slackware provides the option to select your default window environment from the installer.


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The no-frills Slackware lilo screen.


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This is our first glance of Tuz in the wild. A shame the little local lad doesn't appear more regularly.


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Slackware has one of the better adduser prompts out there. No need to worry about forgetting appropriate group privileges for X users.


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Our transitory Slackware 13.0 install comes with KDE 4.2.4


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Upgrading installed packages in Slackware is relatively easy with the slackpkg utility. Once again the command line and ncurses are your friends.


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In order to update to Slackware 13.1, all the packages needed for it must be downloaded from a mirror server. This typically involves the use of rsync and a great dose of patience. The instructions for the update can be found here.


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After a bout of command line wrestling, Slackware is updated to 13.1 and Tuz is replaced with the more-standard Tux.


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The KDM prompt in Slackware 13.1


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13.1 comes with KDE 4.4.3. Here we have added a selection of desktop widgets to the standard KDE desktop.


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Just because Slackware likes the command-prompt it does not mean that the applications are dated. This is the recently released version 2.7.0 of Pidgin, but the use of a GTK-based application in a KDE environment does look out of place.


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Being a KDE-based distribution means that the Amarok music player is included.


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If you still pine for Winamp and think that modern media players have not advanced since the early 2000's, then you'll still love XMMS.


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Slackware's default full install includes everything plus the kitchen sink, as well as a dishwasher and drying rack. For instance, behold the selection of media players available.


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Instead of OpenOffice.org, Slackware comes with KOffice.


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Naturally, KDE uses Konqueror as a web browser. For the uninitiated, meet the browser engine that Apple used to spawn the WebKit engine that is now used in Safari and Chrome.


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When it all gets too much, you can relax with a nice and colourful game of KHangMan.


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