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 ====== Biff's Slackware Tips for Noobs ====== ====== Biff's Slackware Tips for Noobs ======
  
-==== Introduction ====+===== Introduction ​=====
  
 I was going to call this page '​Slackware for Dummies'​ however there'​s a book of the same name on Amazon :-(.  I've accumulated a few bits and pieces that I feel are useful for people starting out in Slackware but which are too small to warrant their own HOWTOs. ​ If you feel I should break anything out into its own HOWTO please add comments in the discussion section. ​ Please also be aware that some of this is about opinion, and just one person'​s opinion at that.  Unless otherwise stated this guide refers to Slackware64 14.2. I was going to call this page '​Slackware for Dummies'​ however there'​s a book of the same name on Amazon :-(.  I've accumulated a few bits and pieces that I feel are useful for people starting out in Slackware but which are too small to warrant their own HOWTOs. ​ If you feel I should break anything out into its own HOWTO please add comments in the discussion section. ​ Please also be aware that some of this is about opinion, and just one person'​s opinion at that.  Unless otherwise stated this guide refers to Slackware64 14.2.
  
-==== Booting the Installer ====+===== Booting the Installer ​=====
  
 === 1) How much memory does Slackware require? === === 1) How much memory does Slackware require? ===
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 Fluxbox. Fluxbox.
  
-=== Do I need to create a rescue disk ===+=== Do I need to create a rescue disk===
  
-No.  If you mess up your bootloader you can still recover your system using the install media, so there'​s not much point unless you have a specific reason of your own.+No.  If you mess up your bootloader you can still recover your system using the install media, the DVD boot screen even tells you how, so there'​s not much point unless you have a specific reason of your own.
  
-==== First Boot After Install ====+===== First Boot After Install ​=====
  
 === How do I stop Slackware taking 2 minutes to boot? === === How do I stop Slackware taking 2 minutes to boot? ===
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 Keep hitting the '​enter'​ key and accept all defaults as if you're a Noob you're unlikely to change any of them. Keep hitting the '​enter'​ key and accept all defaults as if you're a Noob you're unlikely to change any of them.
  
-==== Xorg ====+===== Xorg =====
  
 === There'​s no GUI!  How do I start X? === === There'​s no GUI!  How do I start X? ===
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 You just need to change one link in /​etc/​X11/​xinit:​ You just need to change one link in /​etc/​X11/​xinit:​
  
-  ​** Login as root +  * Login as root 
-  ​** cd /​etc/​X11/​xinit +  * cd /​etc/​X11/​xinit 
-  ​** ls  # to look at the WMs available. +  * ls  # to look at the WMs available. 
-  ​** rm xinitrc +  * rm xinitrc 
-  ​** ln xinitrc.<​name>​ xinitrc+  * ln xinitrc.<​name>​ xinitrc
  
 === But I want X to start on boot, how? === === But I want X to start on boot, how? ===
  
-Slackware already has a [[beginners_guide#​start_a_graphical_desktop_environment |great guide]] for this.  You need to change the runlevel in /​etc/​xinittab.+Slackware already has a [[slackware:beginners_guide#​start_a_graphical_desktop_environment |great guide]] for this.  You need to change the runlevel in /​etc/​xinittab.
  
-==== Networking ====+===== Networking ​=====
  
 === How can I see what's listening on my computer'​s ports? === === How can I see what's listening on my computer'​s ports? ===
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 (reboot) (reboot)
  
-==== Slackware programs ====+===== Slackware programs ​=====
  
 === How do I find which packages have been installed? === === How do I find which packages have been installed? ===
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 (search for the file) (search for the file)
  
-==== USB ====+===== USB =====
  
 === I can only access my USB device as root === === I can only access my USB device as root ===
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 </​code>​ </​code>​
  
-This will allow any users to access that particular ​device, which on a multi-user system may be considered insecure but will get you working.+For <​vendor>​ and <​product>​ put the values obtained from running '​lsusb'​ when you inserted your usb device.  Use '​lsusb ​-v' to get the long form of the information.
  
 +Worked example:
 +
 +<​code>​
 +# lsusb
 +Bus 005 Device 003: ID 413c:2003 Dell Computer Corp. Keyboard
 +</​code>​
 +
 +/​etc/​udev/​rules.d/​80-mydellcomputerkeyboard.rules:​
 +<​code>​
 +ATTRS{idVendor}=="​413c",​ATTRS{idProduct}=="​2003",​MODE="​0666",​GROUP="​users"​
 +</​code>​
 +
 +This will allow any users to access that device, which on a multi-user system could be considered insecure but will get you working.
 +
 +
 +
 +===== CD/DVD-ROM drives =====
 +
 +=== How do I write a CD/DVD, I don't understand cdrecord? ===
 +
 +You're not the only one.  To write the image myimage.iso,​ the command is:
 +
 +<​code>​
 +# growisofs -Z /​dev/​dvd=myimage.iso
 +</​code>​
 +
 +You may need to be root to run this.
  
  

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