Installing Slackware Linux - Part 3

After the disks have been prepared, the installation options need to be configured. First, you need to specify the source of installation. In our case, it is the DVD media.

Slackware setup source media

The wizard will suggest to scan for the right drive containing the source media. It is best to let it auto-scan.

Slackware setup scan for drive

Now you need to select your installation mode. Your choice will reflect the number of packages that will be installed, the number of prompts during the installation and the time needed for the task. The simplest choice is to install all of the packages - roughly 3GB.

After you choose the mode, the install will start.

Slackware setup prompting mode

Depending on your choices and your hardware, the installation should take about 15-40 minutes. It's a good time to make some coffee.

Slackware install started

After the packages are installed, you will be asked to specify the source for the kernel. In our case, it's the DVD.

Slackware install kernel

The installation DVD contains a range of kernels. If you recall, we have been asked this question during the initial boot-up. Again, the wizard will prompt you for the most suitable kernel, based on your hardware.

If you intend to use RAID or have a SCSI hard disk, you should make your choices accordingly. For most people, the default choice should be most adequate. I suggest you do not tamper with these options unless you are sure what you're doing and fully aware of possible complications.

Nevertheless, do not be frightened. In the worst case, your system will not have been configured properly and you might have to start all over again.

Slackware install choose kernel

The next step is to create a bootdisk. This is a failsafe method of making sure your system boots even if you misconfigure some of the options. If you do not have a floppy drive (like most people today) or floppies available - even if you do have a floppy drive (an even more prevalent phenomenon), this might not be a viable option for you.

Slackware bootdisk

It's time to configure the modem. Most computers today do not use modems. I leave this choice up to you.

Slackware modem configuration

On modern computers, HOTPLUG should be enabled. This will allow you to take full advantage of your hardware, including sound, network or USB devices.

Slackware enable hotplug

Another very crucial step is the configuration of the bootloader. Slackware uses LILO. The simplest choice is to try to install LILO automatically. This is very similar to what we have already accomplished with another bootloader, GRUB, in SUSE and Ubuntu.

Slackware install LILO

When loading, LILO can display a splash logo. You can decide how detail-rich the logo is. Very old computers might have problems with the extra graphics. The simplest option is to use the standard console - which is not bad looking at all.

Slackware LILO frame buffer console

Next, you might need to define extra parameters. For most people, this option is Klingon and should not meddle. Those who do understand and use these extra parameters most likely do not need this guide. Just hit Enter to proceed.

Slackware LILO extra parameters

Now, we need to decide where to install the bootloader. For the average user, installing it to Master Boot Record is the simplest choice. If you have a Windows operating system already installed, LILO will preserve the original boot information, allowing you to dual-boot.

Slackware LILO destination

The next step is to configure the mouse.

Slackware network configuration

GPM configuration is the next step. GPM stands for General Purpose Mouse and is useful for computers that do not graphic environments. This driver also allows you to copy and paste text between virtual consoles. In theory, it is similar to a VMware Server feature of copying and pasting text between the host and the guest - although GPM is NOT related to the VMware, despite the use of word virtual.

This feature is less useful for desktop users, but the choice is entirely up to you. There should be no adverse effects either way. The driver can be enabled or disabled any time after the installation.

Slackware gpm configuration

Network configuration is the next step. If you're connecting to the Internet straight out of the box, without a dialer, or connect through a NAT router or a gateway computer, you should configure your network now.

Slackware network configuration

For a home user, the choice of the host and domain names is rather arbitrary. It is similar to the choices you make during the Windows installation, when you are prompted for the computer name and workgroup. You can select any names you like. They will be of importance only if you connect your computer to a domain or use Internet connection sharing.

Slackware network host

Slackware network domain

You are most likely to be assigned a dynamic IP address every time you connect to the Internet. This is the most likely choice. Still, you may need to provide a static IP address (consult your ISP if needed).

Slackware network IP

Before you commit the changes, you will be asked to confirm your choices.

Slackware network confirm


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