Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2005 19:07 UTC, submitted by Valentine Sinitsyn
Slackware, Slax Slackware users can now run their favourite distribution on Reiser4 partitions without having to re-format other partitions first. With the new Slackware 10.2 Reiser4 Installer one can install this distribution on Reiser4 almost as easy as with the more traditional filesystems (see the screenshot). The installer is distributed as a 20MB .iso image and should to be used with the original Slackware CD set (manual included).
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Thanks!
by Anonymous on Tue 1st Nov 2005 20:45 UTC
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Great!!

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Yes!
by Anonymous on Tue 1st Nov 2005 20:57 UTC
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JUST what I wanted! I am returning to Slackware tonight, after a two year break!

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Kudos!
by Anonymous Penguin on Tue 1st Nov 2005 21:02 UTC
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It takes a so called "conservative" distro to boost a feature everybody wants and that for some reason we can't have. Well done!

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experimental
by evert on Tue 1st Nov 2005 21:05 UTC
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slack is known for it's stability. adding experimental filesystems luckely doesn't make it to the official, stable version. no pin intented to reiser4, which i think is a wonderful filesystem, but the slack philosophy is tied to stability. happy to have pat around :-)

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Sweet
by Jedd on Tue 1st Nov 2005 21:56 UTC
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This is awesome!

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Oops
by eosp on Tue 1st Nov 2005 22:50 UTC
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Your screenshot got "osnewsdotted"

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heya,

Err, no, it's the silence of those who don't feel the need to preen like you on OSNews.com about how 31337-ly cool they are.

Unlike other 31337 hAx0r distros, or those idiotic wannabe-geeks parading about how "linux is the cool", Slackware doesn't usually grab headlines like this (nor do I usually respond to trolls like you).

Slackware "Just Works". It's for people who actually *know what they're doing*, as opposed to being able to click their way through a Windows XP-style install wizard, and then make blanket statements about how *nobody* would ever use any other distro except the one you're using.

And excuse me, "untrustworthy"? What, is Reiser4 going to dial-back to the NSA? Or are you you referring to data loss/corruption? You should be more clear (and let's not go into your grammar...*shudders*).

Reiser4 is considered stable now, and I would be more liable to trust it than trust say, a heavily-patched Nitro Gentoo kernel (nothing against Gentoo, just bad experiences with patching a Gentoo kernel to hell and back...*grins*)

Just out of curiosity, what distro do *you* use? And why? How about you justify your choices, in a logical manner instead of trolling?

cya,
Victor

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The first half of your post is very true, the other hald reeks of desperation. ;)

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Today was a great day
by Anonymous on Wed 2nd Nov 2005 06:08 UTC
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I have been a faithful Debian user for years, but I thought I'd try Slackware again after having ignored it since version 4.something.

Now, that's what I'm talking about!!!

This is a great system.

I am not using Reiser on my current system, but I'm glad to see this kind effort going into Slackware.

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Dammit!
by Budd on Wed 2nd Nov 2005 08:07 UTC
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I already installed 10.2 one month ago. If I knew this will coming I would have waited a while. How can I install this thing on my existing system? Is there a readme? Or I just choose the kernel from the pkgtool install script?

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RE: Dammit!
by Anonymous on Wed 2nd Nov 2005 09:33 UTC in reply to "Dammit!"
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There is a readme in /reiser4-2.6.13/sources/ on the disk . It describes how to build Reiser4-enabled kernel and tools. You may also install kernel and prebuilt packages from /reiser4-2.6.13/packages and /kernels using pkginstall. But the REAL problem is, there is no way to convert reiserfs (or ext2, or whatever) filesystem to Reiser4 without loosing data. So you come almost where you start from - you should backup the whole directory tree, reformat your partition with Reiser4 and restore it back. There was a very good howto on this subject somewhere in Archlinux wiki.

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Wuhuu...
by schultz-dk on Wed 2nd Nov 2005 08:40 UTC
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I've been waiting for this :-)

But the bad thing is that I have just installed the 10.2. :-(

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later
by Anonymous on Wed 2nd Nov 2005 10:45 UTC
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call me when it's mainstream kernel approved.

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You can use Rfs4 w/o reinstalling
by Anonymous on Wed 2nd Nov 2005 15:24 UTC
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Assuming you have multiple partitions setup in Linux you should be able to convert them one at a time by moving data around and using chroot ;)

I.e. partitions: /home, /var /usr you copy your home dir files under /usr then reformat /home to be rfs4, copy all your /home files back. Then you copy all your /var files to /home and reformat /var, copy all your var files back. Now for the fun part, you copy all your /usr files under /home then "chroot /home/usr" now you format /usr as rfs4, copy your /usr files back, modify your fstab to show rfs4 for all your partitions and reboot!

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Oh, and you should really do all of this in single user mode with no X and barely anything else running ;)

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Linspire installs only with ReiserFS
by Anonymous on Wed 2nd Nov 2005 17:32 UTC
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I think it's interesting to mention that Linspire installs only with ReiserFS.

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