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[5]: Comment by dayalsoap
by OddFox on Tue 25th May 2010 23:06 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by dayalsoap"
OddFox
Member since:
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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RE[6]: Comment by dayalsoap
by dayalsoap on Wed 26th May 2010 00:14 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by dayalsoap"
dayalsoap Member since:
2010-05-19

Thanks for your reply!

I'm definitely going to give this distro a shot. It has a long history, and from what I've read, it's quite stable.

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RE[7]: Comment by dayalsoap
by OddFox on Wed 26th May 2010 00:44 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by dayalsoap"
OddFox Member since:
2005-10-05

It is a wonderful distro and I hope you find it enjoyable to use! A little tip about keeping it up to date, check out slapt-get. Last I heard swaret (a similar tool that I considered superior back when I used Slackware regularly on my desktop) isn't really maintained much anymore, though a Google search seems to indicate someone patched it to work with v. 13 at least. In any case, the last time I tried out Slackware (probably 11 or 12, I doubt it was 13) slapt-get worked just fine.

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RE[6]: Comment by dayalsoap
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 26th May 2010 00:58 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by dayalsoap"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

If you want to install the nVidia drivers, definitely make sure you install the kernel source--it's required. If you don't mess with the package selection and just go the easy way leaving everything checked and telling it to do a full installation without prompting, you'll have it.

Basically, just download the correct drivers for your card at nVidia's site (multiple ways to do this, using CLI or GUI...), make sure you exit your desktop/X session, then log in as root. find the nVidia file your downloaded and do "chmod 555 NVIDIA*" to give yourself executable privileges. Then do the command "sh NVIDIA-driver-file-name" to run the file and follow the directions (no, that's not the file name--use whatever the filename is). Use the tab key to autocomplete the filename (ie. typing NVID[tab] will fill in the rest of the filename) and beware of case sensitivity. Follow the directions and it should install.

Once installed, don't get too excited--log out as root before doing anything else! You can then log in as your normal user and type startx and see if it works.

BTW, if you want to boot into a graphical login screen, look in the file /etc/inittab. Just one line needs to be slightly modified:

id:3:initdefault:

Find that line and change it to runlevel 4 ("id:4"), save it, and the next time you reboot you should be looking at a graphical login once the system is up. That is--*if* you want the graphical login.

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