Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th May 2010 17:22 UTC, submitted by leonardoav
Slackware, Slax Pat Volkerding has released Slackware 13.1. "We have chosen to use the 2.6.33.4 kernel after testing the 2.6.33.x kernel branch extensively. Slackware 13.1 contains version 4.4.3 of the KDE Software Compilation. Several Xfce components have been updated as well. Xfce continues to be a great lightweight desktop that doesn't get in your way. If you haven't looked at this great desktop environment lately, you might want to give it another try. If you prefer GNOME, there are teams online producing GNOME for Slackware."
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RE[3]: Comment by dayalsoap
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 25th May 2010 20:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by dayalsoap"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

IMO, the post-install process used to be the most difficult part of installing Slackware due to the manual X11 configuration. Now, you just have to log in as root upon first boot, create a new user, log out and then back in as the new user, and type startx. X.org now automatically detects hardware and attempts to set it up properly (it usually works for me). No fancy xorg.conf file needed. Very nice. And if you want to change the default desktop, enter the command "xwmconfig" for a list of available environments. The installation itself is very clear and easy to understand.

Edited 2010-05-25 20:11 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by dayalsoap
by dayalsoap on Tue 25th May 2010 20:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by dayalsoap"
dayalsoap Member since:
2010-05-19

Thank oyu for your reply.

I'm guessing the method you described will not install the appropriate NVidia drivers? I've tried to install Nvidia drivers before, without a package manager, and it was a pain... maybe that's because I goofed something up with xorg.conf...

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RE[5]: Comment by dayalsoap
by OddFox on Tue 25th May 2010 23:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by dayalsoap"
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2005-10-05

I find that it's a very good idea to run nvidia-xconfig after running through the installation of the binary NVidia driver package. Last time I checked there was no repository with Slackware packages of these drivers but you should be just fine using the installer that the drivers come with (Note that I have always in the past done a complete and total 100% full installation of Slackware, thus I don't really run into needing to install GCC or make, for example). If there is no xorg.conf then the nvidia-xconfig utility will create a skeleton one with appropriate values. If there is one then it will modify the xorg.conf file and create a backup just in case. On my own system after running nvidia-xconfig it is necessary for me to specify my CRT VertRefresh and HorizSync values (Wish they would autodetect like the many LCDs I've used) as well as the DPI value since it gets reported incorrectly on my configuration.

Also, you may or may not be aware of the graphical nvidia-settings utility, but that is where you will want to set your resolution and refresh rate, or anything having to do with dual monitors. It's got a lot more than that in it but those are just what I do with it. ;)

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