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Welcome to the text-based Slackware install procedure. We are going to be here for quite a while.
Be gone vile sliders and sexy GUI partitioning tools — it's fdisk or naught in this install environment.
The pure text is soon replaced by an ncurses-environment, which makes installation a little bit easier and less foreboding.
The installation documentation highly recommends going with the "full" option here, lest one end up hitting "y" an awful lot.
Slackware provides the option to select your default window environment from the installer.
The no-frills Slackware lilo screen.
Slackware has one of the better
adduser prompts out there. No need to worry about forgetting appropriate group privileges for X users.
Our transitory Slackware 13.0 install comes with KDE 4.2.4
Upgrading installed packages in Slackware is relatively easy with the
slackpkg utility. Once again the command line and ncurses are your friends.
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.
After a bout of command line wrestling, Slackware is updated to 13.1 and Tuz is replaced with the more-standard Tux.
The KDM prompt in Slackware 13.1
13.1 comes with KDE 4.4.3. Here we have added a selection of desktop widgets to the standard KDE desktop.
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.
Being a KDE-based distribution means that the Amarok music player is included.
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.
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.
Instead of OpenOffice.org, Slackware comes with KOffice.
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.
When it all gets too much, you can relax with a nice and colourful game of KHangMan.