Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 24th Sep 2003 01:45 UTC
Slackware, Slax For almost a week now, I've been using Slackware 9.1 (RC-1 released today), and I am having a blast. Slackware doesn't have more than 6-8% of the Linux market these days, but it used to be one of the most-used distros back in the day. Today, many think of Slackware as a true classic, a thought that is often accompanied by a feeling that Slackware is not a user-friendly or an uber-modern Linux distribution. There is some truth in that statement, but there is always the big "But". Read on for our very positive experience with Slackware 9.1-pre. Update: In less than 24 hours since the RC-1, Slackware 9.1 RC-2 is out.
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RE: Setting up XFree86 in Slackware
by John Blink on Wed 24th Sep 2003 11:35 UTC

I have a Matrox Millenium 4MB PCI graphics card and I didn't have to configure anything, slackware autodetected it and set up my Xserver.

The only thing was that the refresh rate was 75Hz and I changed it to 85Hz with a program that Slack has in the KDE Control Center that I haven't seen in other distro's.

My hardware is a bit old, but slack 9.0 detects and sets up everything. To show how old here is a hardware list.

AMD k6-2 450Mhz
ASUS P5A-B Mobo (ALi M5229)
Graphics card as mentioned above.
40GB Seagate Barracuda ATA III
Microsoft Intellimouse 2 button wheelmouse(USB or PS/2 adapter)
SB Vibra 16

As you can see nothing exotic but all gets automatically detected. Something I use to complain about with 8.1 was that it would automatically detect my hardware. But now with hotplug, and whatever Patrick have done with 9.x it all works.

Thanks Patrick.