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Data backup should be done even if we do not expect any possibility of data loss. It shoul be done regullary.

There is possiblity do make damage to existing installation of Microsoft Windows operating systems. The most often is problem with hall.dll file. The description how it solve will be in the future on my site


  1. Get Slackware 11.0
  2. Burn iso image on CD or DVD. There is a lot programms you can chose. Wide choice is for example here.tutaj
  3. Restart computer and enter to the BIOS - very often it can be made by using F2 key - which key you should push you can see at the screen soon after you start your computer (sometimes del key is default to eneter BIOS - but it depends on your mainboard/BIOS)
    Go to Advanced BIOS Features i set first boot device as CDROM - remember what was before change to set previous configuration after instalation of Slackware. Sometimes options which set us CDROM/DVDROM as first boot device can be named as startup sequency - set it to CDROM. Also can be boot section in your BIOS- detailed description of your BIOS configuration is in manual which you recive with your mainboard.
  4. After changing choose save and quit (in many BIOS systems it can be done by hit F10 key and after that pressing enter). After confirming our new BIOS configuration and restart computer will start from CD/DVD which we inserted to our device.

Installation Configuration

Description in this section will not be too detailed but i supose it will be detailed enough to someone who is installing Slackware for first time. In this section enter key will be marked as: \\\

  1. appears boot sequency: - push enter
  2. choose 1 \\\ - choose your keyboard configuration. In Poland this is:w qwerty/pl2.map \\\, confirm by pressing 1 \\\
  3. Write user name - root \\\
  4. Run setup - you can do this only if you have made proper partition: swap partition and Linux Partition (in format ext2 ext3 or MounRainer)- in my opinion optimally you should have 15GB for Linux Partition - all I know about making partition will be soon :)
    setup /// Choose keyboard confiiguration - same as in point number 1
  5. Chose swap partition - and choose yes in the window titled: check partitions for bad blocks ///
  6. In next window you will chose system partitions - "select linux instalation partition" /// format partition /// check /// ext3 (soon will be more about linux partition systems (3) ) /// 4096 /// and wait for formating and check disk - it can take some time depending of sieze of the partitions and speed of your hard disk subsystem.
  7. Choose DOS/Windows partitons which you want to be mount in every start of Slackware - continue /// yes /// select /// (give the path where you want to have theese partitions) ok /// continue /// ok

Main Installation

  1. Choose Install from a Slackware CD or DVD /// Auto ///
  2. Packages Series Selection - it is worth to add option KDEI (KDE International - KDE (KDE - name of popular graphic interface) - because of KDEI it will be possible to use more languages - to choose option go to position you want to change and press space key to mark or unmark option. After choosing press to go to the next step of installation press enter.
  3. Choose installation type - for the first installation of Linux operating system in my opinion the best choice is Full Installation ///
  4. Choose kernel source - for begginers (insluding me :) the best opition is: install linux kernel from cdroom /// bare.i/bzImage ///
    If your computer support ACPI choose bareacpi.i If you have sata disk - baresata.i for RAID controller - bareraid.i etc. (details about all options should be on the Internet and (i suppose) on the installation disk)
  5. Make boot disk - as you wish :) - I choose: skip ///
  6. no modem ///
  7. Hardware detection system - enable hotplug udev subsystem at boot - yes ///
  8. LILO - way of configuration is: expert (it is recommended to look for information about it on the Internet ) or simple /// - in my computer configuration simle mode (which means here automatic configuration) works perfectly - it found all my windows systems I have installed on my PC, if you wish to add other Linux systems to boot manager - I will describe it soon :)
    Choose resolution for LILO - in my configuration I use 1024x768x256 ok/// (it schould work in most configurations)
    optional lilo (I do not write anything) /// choose place for lilo master boot record - MBR ///
  9. Choose how is your mouse connected to the computer (mostly it is PS/2 or USB ///)
  10. GPM conf - yes ///
  11. Internet configuration - it depends on your Internet provider.
    In my configuration:
    network two firs names dependless - write what you want for example:
    home /// hom ///
    DHCP/// (I do not write anything) ///
  12. Choose elements you want to start every time you boot computer:
    If you do not have PCMCIA cards unselect this option here by pressing space. If you have printer - choose it by presing space on RC CUPS option - about printerr installation i will write little article soon :)
  13. Choosing clock according to sugestion will be in most situaction correct - no ///
  14. Choose time zone - for me this is - /Europe/Warsaw /// :)
  15. Choose graphical interface - For me the most beautiful and most useful is KDE /// and this is almost everything you have to do during inastallation
  16. Meanwhile choose password for root - it should be quite long (at least 10 signs) small and big letters figures and other allowed signs (i will add here leater which are they)

After Installation

After reboot you can change language and localization. Rest of this small .............................. i chose as default. (if you really like you can change that directory will open after to mouse click instead of one)

Very important is to create new user account which will belong to user group. User group means that everyone who is in this group have less privilege than root. This is very important for security, for example users group can not install programs (it often includes programs which can be harmfull - viruses, spyware, trojans, rotkits etc.).
Teh way to create user account:

  • Choose KDE menu(I mean icon in the left bottom corner with big K letter :)/ system / usser managment
  • choose user / add - write name and press OK
  • Choose password / OK
  • You can change in addition other parameters like home directory
  • Make sure that in section(menu) group there is only marke
  • After all this press OK

Very very very important is to configure firewall - in Slackware this is iptables - and by deafult it is not configured properly - I will write about it soon - I got a lot to write :D

I hope that at least one person will find in this article something usefull - and then I can say that it was worth to write this :)

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