The installation will take only about 10-15 minutes.
Once all the files are copied to the hard disk, you will be asked a number of questions.
Command line or GUI session
You can choose between starting your machine in the command line mode or the graphical interface. Most
people will probably prefer the later. If you recall, in the Slackware
, the default installation mode was the command line. We had to configure the GUI (runlevel 5) by
ourselves. Not any more.
Don't let this word frighten you. Modern computers with reasonable graphical cards - any one really - can
present all sorts of fancy graphics to the users in the boot splash screen. If your computer is very old, you
might want to use the old, 16-color console with minimal decorations.
Finally, instead of a generic name in the GRUB menu, you can use a reasonable alias that will identify
Wolvix. This has a meaning if you have several operating systems installed, in which case generic kernel names
and versions would confuse you. Either way, you can safely choose the offered name.
That's it. Remove the CD and reboot.
Booting into installed system
Once you reboot, you'll reach the GRUB menu. In my case, it's the spartan, standard, 16-color console
typical of 15-year old machines.
The installed desktop is not that much different from the live CD. The system is very quick and responsive, a
testimony to carefully knitted kernel and a smart choice of programs.
One thing you may notice is that our user is still root
, with its default, weak
password. This is not a good practice in Linux. Therefore, we will add a new, standard user, our good ole Roger
Bodger. Again, we will use the uber-friendly Wolvix Control Panel. We need the User
First, we will change the root password to something secure. Then, we will create a new user. When you click on
, you'll be asked for the user name that you wish to change. This is
equal to typing on the command line: passwd user_name
And now, for the first time, you'll use the command line - simply to write down and verify the password.
Now, we'll create Roger (by clicking on Add User
The extra details are an important part of defining the user. Here, you can specify the home directory and the
shell for the new user. But most importantly, you can define the extra groups. These will allow the user to
listen to audio, watch video and enjoy other 'extra' content that will not normally be accessible to him/her. In
some cases, this is exactly what you want to achieve.
Now, log off the root user and login as roger.