Slackware

Performance - Bootscreens - Dualboot

disable IPv6

ipv6.disable=1

The installation of VMware tools will fail because of a missing PAM directory

# mkdir /etc/pam.d

Timezone

# cp /usr/share/zoneinfo/Europe/Zurich /etc/localtime

v14.x x64-current

check version

# cat /etc/slackware-version
configure CURRENT mirror - if you choose wrong - the first upgrade will trash the system
The GPG may stay if you update the GPG keyring
# vi /etc/slackpkg/mirrors
# vi /etc/slackpkg/slackpkg.conf
Update keyring
# wget http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/slackware/slackware64-current/slackware64/n/gnupg-1.4.19-x86_64-2.txz
# installpkg gnupg-1.4.19-x86_64-2.txz
# slackpkg update
# slackpkg update gpg
# slackpkg upgrade slackpkg
option overview
slackpkg [OPTIONS] {install|remove|search|file-search|
                    upgrade|reinstall|blacklist} {PATTERN|FILE}
slackpkg [OPTIONS] {generate-template|install-template|remove-template}
                    TEMPLATENAME
slackpkg [OPTIONS] info PACKAGE
slackpkg [OPTIONS] update [gpg]
slackpkg [OPTIONS] {clean-system|upgrade-all|install-new}
slackpkg [OPTIONS] {new-config|check-updates|help}
and do the actual update
# slackpkg update  
# slackpkg install-new
# slackpkg upgrade-all
# slackpkg update 
# slackpkg clean-system
before you boot - redo the Ramdisk - if required
# mkinitrd -c -k $(uname -r) -m ext4 -f ext4 -r /dev/vg00/lvol0 -L
and finally check for changed default settings
# find / -name "*.new" -print

v14 x64

use fstrim to discard unused block on SSDs

root@localhost:~# fstrim -v /home 
/home: 21941497856 bytes were trimmed
root@localhost:~# fstrim -v /    
/: 25722929152 bytes were trimmed

Broadcom still amazes because of its inability to have a stable driver API...
Blacklist the BMC4347 driver during boot due to 10sec hang (and kill) by udevd

append="modprobe.blacklist=brcmsmac,bcma
linux kernel boot options reference

unfortunately, the HDMI adds an additional audio device and put it in as default.
In the Gentoo Forum there is a nice description how to fix the order. Here for short

# aplay -l
**** List of PLAYBACK Hardware Devices ****
card 0: Generic [HD-Audio Generic], device 3: HDMI 0 [HDMI 0]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
card 1: Generic_1 [HD-Audio Generic], device 0: STAC92xx Analog [STAC92xx Analog]
  Subdevices: 1/1
  Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
# grep Codec /proc/asound/card*/codec* 
/proc/asound/card0/codec#0:Codec: ATI R6xx HDMI
/proc/asound/card1/codec#0:Codec: IDT 92HD81B1X5
# ls -la /proc/asound/ 
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root 5 Dec  2 11:09 Generic -> card0/
lrwxrwxrwx   1 root root 5 Dec  2 11:09 Generic_1 -> card1/
$ cat .asoundrc 
# .asoundrc
pcm.!default {
    type hw
    card Generic_1
}
ctl.!default {
    type hw
    card Generic_1
} 
Another description dedicated to Slackware 13.37

multilib
Slackware is a pure x64 os - to run 32bit applications try multilib - (offline PDF)
download the compat32-tools first

# massconvert32.sh -u http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/slackware/slackware-14.0/slackware
update gcc + libc
# upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new *.t?z
get the rest
# massconvert32.sh -u http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/slackware/slackware-14.0/slackware
# installpkg *-compat32/*.t?z

v13.37+ x64

edit /etc/lilo.conf

compact                        # load and execute kernel directly from filesystem
timeout = 120                  # wait only 10s
#vga = ask
image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/sda1
  label = Default
  vga = 0x3f0                  # 1600x900 32bit
  append = " quiet "
  read-only
image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/sda1
  label = Linux-Failsave
  vga = ask
  read-only
add shell aliases in /root/.bash_profile
alias ll='ls --color -al'
link /opt to /home
# rm -ri /opt; ln -s /home /opt
disable unused shells and ext4 features
add noacl,noatime,nodiratime,discard,commit=20,barrier=0 as mount options in /etc/fstab
use ram as /tmp - add "tmpfs /tmp tmpfs defaults,size=2048M,noatime,nodiratime 0 0"
disable CTRL-ALT-DELETE in /etc/inittab # ca::ctraltdel:/usr/bin/false
disable unused shells in /etc/inittab # c3-c6
enable auto logon without any XDM fuzz - don't forget to compile and rename /sbin/autologin first
# passwd -d <username>
# vi /etc/inittab
c1:12345:respawn:/sbin/agetty -n -l /sbin/autologin 38400 tty1 linux
give sudo permissions
# vi /etc/sudoers.d/<username>
<username> ALL=NOPASSWD: /bin/su - root
# chmod 440 /etc/sudoers.d/<username>
add the local user to the different groups for a fully functional hal/messagebus/udev used in GUI mount in XFCE
floppy,cdrom,video,power,plugdev...
enable automatic cpu-frequency policy and check it with # powertop
# vi /etc/rc.d/rc.modules
CPUFREQ=on
remove the "no mail" output during login
# vi /etc/profile
#if [ -x /usr/bin/biff ]; then
 biff n 2> /dev/null
#fi
save/restore your XFCE panel
copy .config/xfce4/panel to your profile
keep the system up-to-date without trashing the multilib
# vi /etc/slackpkg/mirrors          choose your mirror
http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/slackware/slackware64-current
# vi /etc/slackpkg/blacklist
[0-9]+alien          
gcc
gcc-g++
glibc
glibc-i18n
glibc-profile
glibc-solibs
glibc-zoneinfo

multilib
Slackware is a pure x64 os - to run 32bit applications try multilib - (offline PDF)

# massconvert32.sh -u http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/slackware/slackware-current/slackware
First update gcc + libc
# upgradepkg --reinstall --install-new *.t?z
get the rest
# massconvert32.sh -u http://mirror.switch.ch/ftp/mirror/slackware/slackware-current/slackware
# installpkg *-compat32/*.t?z

audio

# alsamixer
left/right, up/down to set the volume on the channels
toggle m to MUTE(MM) or activate (OO) a channel - default is MUTE
ESC to quit
# alsactl store
creates /etc/asound.state which will be restored at boot time
recording test
# arecord -f cd test.wav
manual configuration
# alsaconf

missing software packages
LibreOffice - VLC - XFburn

and many more...
keep the time in sync

#vi /root/bin/swisstime.sh
#!/bin/sh
ntpdate swisstime.ethz.ch
# vi /etc/rc.d/rc.local.delayed
/root/bin/swisstime.sh
logrotate /etc/logrotate.conf
pimp ext4 not to check so often
# tune2fs -c 0 -i 1m -m 1 /dev/sda1
# tune2fs -c 0 -i 1m -m 1 /dev/sda3
and of course the /etc/sysctl.conf
# vi /etc/sysctl.conf
# sysctl -p

wireless knowhow
wl-module - Tools for linux - Broadcom Linux Driver

# lspci
03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)
# modprobe -r b43
modprobe lib80211
modprobe wl
and to prevent confusion with the Marvel NIC on eth0. Add additional rules to udev
/etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules
# PCI device 0x10ec:0x8168 (r8169)
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="64:31:50:a3:b7:ff", 
  ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth0"

# PCI device 0x14e4:0x4727 (wl)
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="ac:81:12:a6:35:59", 
  ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="wlan0"
if no scan is possible - perhaps the device is powered off
# iwlist wlan0 txpower

touchpad

#!/bin/sh
set -o nounset

TOUCHPADID=$(xinput list | grep -i Synaptics)

for ELEMENT in ${TOUCHPADID}; do
  if [ "${ELEMENT:0:3}" == "id=" ]; then
    TOUCHPADID=$( echo ${ELEMENT} | awk { print $1 } | cut -d= -f2)
  fi
done

TOUCHPADSTATE=$(xinput list ${TOUCHPADID} | grep "This device is" | awk { print $1 " " $2 " " $3 " " $4 } )

if [ "${TOUCHPADSTATE}" == "This device is disabled" ]; then
   xinput set-prop ${TOUCHPADID} "Device Enabled" 1
else
   if [ -z "${TOUCHPADSTATE}" ]; then
     xinput set-prop ${TOUCHPADID} "Device Enabled" 0
   else
     echo "unknown state <${TOUCHPADSTATE}>"
   fi
fi

slackpkg - keep up-to-date

slackpkg.org keep Slackware in sync with -current branch

# vi /etc/slackpkg/mirrors
# slackpkg update
# slackpkg install-new
# slackpkg upgrade-all
# slackpkg clean-system

v13-current x64

First time with LVM (LVM2 Website) for host based mirroring the 2x 2TB lvols. Check that you align the partitions on 4k sectors!
LVM2 Whats New

# lvm version
# pvs -o+lv_name,lv_size,lv_attr
# fdisk /dev/sda && fdisk /dev/sdb
Device    Boot    Start        End     Blocks  Id   System
/dev/sda1 *        2048     104447      51200  83   Linux        50M
/dev/sda2        104448     366591     131072  8e   Linux       128M
/dev/sda3        366592 3907029167 1953331288  8e   Linux       Rest
-
# mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda1 && mkfs.ext4 /dev/sdb1
-
# pvcreate /dev/sda2 /dev/sda3 /dev/sdb2 /dev/sdb3
# vgcreate -s 32M vg00 /dev/sda3 /dev/sda2 /dev/sdb3 /dev/sdb2
-
# lvcreate -L 12G -n lvol0 vg00 /dev/sda3
# lvcreate -l 59098 -n lvol1 vg00 /dev/sda3
# lvcreate -l 128 -n lvol2 vg00 /dev/sda3
-
# lvconvert -m 1 --mirrorlog mirrored /dev/vg00/lvol0 /dev/sdb3 /dev/sda2 /dev/sdb2
# lvconvert -m 1 --mirrorlog mirrored /dev/vg00/lvol1 /dev/sdb3 /dev/sda2 /dev/sdb2
# lvconvert -m 1 --mirrorlog mirrored /dev/vg00/lvol2 /dev/sdb3 /dev/sda2 /dev/sdb2
# dmsetup status
-
# mkfs.ext4 /dev/vg00/lvol0
# mkfs.ext4 -i 65536 /dev/vg00/lvol1
# mkswap /dev/vg00/lvol2
/     - /dev/vg00/lvol0
/home - /dev/vg00/lvol1
/boot - /dev/sda1
Findings - the 96MByte partition does not fit 3x 32MByte PE. Bigger next time...

Slackware needs some manual work as there is no default initrd for the LVM scan and activation during boot. see README_LVM.TXT from Eric Hameleers

# mount -o bind /proc /mnt/proc
# mount -o bind /sys /mnt/sys
# mount -o bind /dev /mnt/dev
# chroot /mnt
# mkinitrd -c -k $(uname -r) -m ext4 -f ext4 -r /dev/vg00/lvol0 -L
# mkinitrd -c -k 2.6.38 -r /dev/vg00/lvol0 -L
and fix the lilo.conf entry
image = /boot/vmlinuz
    initrd = /boot/initrd.gz
    root = /dev/vg00/lvol0
    label = linux
    read-only

rsync with Slackware

v13 x64

without burning a dvd-rom

# mount -o loop disk1.iso /mnt/disk

wireless knowhow
wl-module - Tools for linux - Broadcom Linux Driver - wicd Tools

# lspci
06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 01)
06:00.0 0280: 14e4:4353 (rev 01)
# lshw
*-network UNCLAIMED
   description: Network controller
   product: BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n
   vendor: Broadcom Corporation
   physical id: 0
   bus info: pci@0000:06:00.0
   version: 01
   width: 64 bits
   clock: 33MHz
   capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
   configuration: latency=0
   resources: memory:d2000000-d2003fff
# modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb
the ssb module can not be removed because it is used by USB modules
the Broadcom source is - as all closed source development - not up to date
and needs a change in the include file src/linux/linuxver.h
#include <linux/autoconf.h> to #include <generated/autoconf.h>
# make clean
# make && make install
this modul has to be loaded before ssb.ko. therefore add in rc.S before rc.udev
modprobe lib80211
modprobe wl
and to prevent confusion with the Marvel NIC on eth0. Add additional rules to udev
/etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules
# PCI device 0x11ab:ox436c (sk2)
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="70:xx:yy:zz:bb:cc",
 ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth0"
# PCI device 0x14e4:0x4353 (wl)
SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="00:xx:yy:aa:bb:cc", 
 ATTR{dev_id}=="0x0", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="wlan0"
if no scan is possible - perhaps the device is powered off
# iwlist wlan0 txpower

Xorg

# Xorg -configure
and add in the DEVICE section
Option          "DynamicClocks"  "on"
Option          "BIOSHotkeys" "on"
and add in the MONITOR section
Option "DPMS"
ATI GPU Powersave - xorg.conf from log
Change X-Window keyboard layout
# cp -p /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/10-keymap.fdi /etc/hal/fdi/policy/
# vi /etc/hal/fdi/policy/10-keymap.fdi
<merge key = "input.xkb.layout" type = "string">ch</merge>
# /etc/rc.d/rc.hald stop
# /etc/rc.d/rc.hald start
smoother fonts using $HOME/.fonts.conf and $ qtconfig

additional external montor

# xrandr
VGA-0 connected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
   1280x1024      60.0 +
...
LVDS connected 1600x900+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 345mm x 194mm
   1600x900       60.0*+
..
# xrandr --output VGA-0 --mode 1280x1024
this mirrors the notebook display to the external one.
knowhow

hardware decoding

# biosdecode
# dmidecode

Regioncode set utitility

v12.2

# lspci
# sdparm

No open source driver for the ATI X1250 yet - but as as surprise, the closed source
ati driver v8.4 is working - /usr/share/ati/fglrx-install.log
The swiss german keyboard needs the followed settings in xorg.conf

Option	    "XkbLayout" "ch"

Special keys...
Newer Versions ATI/Slackware need a bit of tweeking

The most actual ATI Driver 9.1 is not really compatible. So stick with 8.14..
more Infos
Copy a xinitrc template from /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc to $HOME/.xinitrc

# aticonfig --lsp
    core/mem      [flags]
-----------------
* 1: 248/200 MHz  [low voltage]
  2: 401/200 MHz  [default state]
# aticonfig --set-powerstate=1      (lower the core consumption)
# aticonfig --set-powerstate=2      (normal, default state)
xorg.conf:
Option "PowerStage" "1"

If CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE is disabled in the xorg, add

  Section "ServerFlags"
   Option "DontZap" "False"
  EndSection

If you add User with adduser command, do not forget to add a default shell for this user in /etc/passwd - otherweise the XFCE Terminal does not work.
Scoll Mouse

Option	    "Protocol" "auto"
Option	    "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"

fixe the big fonts in Seamonkey by modifying the userChrome.css

menupopup > * { font-size: 8pt !important }
menubar, menubutton, menulist, menu, menuitem { font-size: 8pt !important }
#urlbar { font-size: 8pt !important }
or simple for all elements
* { font-size: 8pt !important }

- fix /sbin/halt,shutdown,reboot permissions # chmod a+s
- Mozilla dpi fix

/bin/setterm -blank 45 -powersave powerdown -powerdown 60

disable UID hardening in truecrypt or
add user to vboxusers in /etc/group, fix group permission in /dev/vboxdrv and set the VirtualBox binary to root:vboxusers and ug+s

wireless knowhow
bcm4312 - Tools for linux - Overview - Wifi-Radar - wicd Tools

# lspci       search the PCI bus
# lspci -n    search the PCI bus to get Manufacture@Product ID
or 
# lsusb
If your IDs are not recognized, try to get the latests id-table
# uppate-usbids
# update-pciids
# ifconfig wlan0 up
# tail demsg
 input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input8
 firmware: requesting b43/ucode13.fw
 b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode13.fw" not found
 b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware
 and download the latest firmware (version 4).
get the newest Firmware
# wget http://bu3sch.de/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
# tar xjf b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
# cd b43-fwcutter-011
# make
# cd ..
# export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
# wget http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
# tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
# cd broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver
# ../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta_mimo.o

test it...
# ifconfig wlan0 down
# ifconfig wlan0 up
# iwlist wlan0 scan

# iwconfig wlan0 essid AirWire
# iwconfig wlan0 key [0-9,A-F]
or
# iwconfig wlan0 key s:<passphrase>
# iwconfig wlan0 rate 11M
# iwconfig wlan0 rate 56M
# iwlist scanning

Using bootchart to improve boot time.. starting with 46sec and after some improvements down to 36sec - a new custom kernel an some more tweaks in rc.M and .xinitrc brings me down do 33sec - another generation... 22sec with an SSD

added an rc.local-delayed for low priority jobs
#!/bin/sh
# delayed services

/usr/bin/sleep 30s
# Font Cache
if [ -x /usr/bin/fc-cache ]; then
  echo "Updating X font indexes:  /usr/bin/fc-cache -f &"
  /usr/bin/fc-cache -f &
fi
# MIME DB
if [ -x /usr/bin/update-mime-database -a -d /usr/share/mime ]; then
  echo "Updating MIME database:  /usr/bin/update-mime-database /usr/share/mime &"
  /usr/bin/update-mime-database /usr/share/mime 1> /dev/null 2> /dev/null &
fi
# GTK Input
if [ -x /usr/bin/gtk-query-immodules-2.0 ]; then
  echo "Updating gtk.immodules:  gtk-query-immodules-2.0 > /etc/gtk-2.0/gtk.immodules"
  /usr/bin/gtk-query-immodules-2.0 > /etc/gtk-2.0/gtk.immodules 2> /dev/null
fi

do more parallel work...

/etc/rc.d/rc.cups start &
sh /etc/rc.d/rc.wicd start &
/sbin/dhcpcd -d -t ${DHCP_TIMEOUT[$i]:-15} ${DHCP_OPTIONS} ${1} &

do not use reboot/halt directly - let

shutdown -r
shutdown -h
do the job.

empty log files without restart the daemons or loosing the permissions given

# > syslog.log

Usefull ..

# mkdosfs -F 32 /dev/sda3

v12.1

- /etc/fstab

noatime,commit=15
- /etc/inittab
Comment out the last 3 console entries
- delete /etc/X11/xorg.conf
The default file does not find my graphic-card on the HP Notebook. After deleting it - X works
GIT Repository Browser
Chipset ATI Radeon X1200 found
R500 driver experimental - contact xorg-driver-ati@lists.x.org
BIOS ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 for HP_TT
running Xserver v1.4.0.90 5. september 2007

f you are using a distribution you should rerun its configuration tool. If there is no such 
tool, or if it keeps configuring your Xserver wrong you may want to try # xorgconfig, the 
graphical tool shipped with Xorg. You can also let the server generate a config file: as root 
just run X -configure.
Please note: If you appear to use the correct driver and you still keep getting this message it 
is very likely that your chipset isnt supported (yet). In this case you may try the vesa driver 
or - if this doesnt work - the vga driver. However both are entirely unaccellerated. 
some finetuning in /etc/X11/xorg.config
Option	    "XkbLayout" "ch"
DefaultDepth 16
Tests: $ xdriinfo, $ xdpyinfo, $ glxinfo and free3d.org / mesa3d.org / and $ glxgears
 
# cp /usr/lib/X11/xinit/xinitrc $HOME/.xinitrc for finetuning
- Kernelupgrade fomr 2.6.24-5 to 2.6.25.3
# cp /boot/config-huge.... /usr/src/linux
# cd /usr/src/linux
# make oldconfig
# make menuconfig
# make
install the new kernel
- hear some music.... # amp *.mp3 or # mpg123 *.mp3
- Cups printer socket://laserjet.ahammer.ch
- Clean up installation
# pkgtool

installing openoffice

tar xvfz OOo_Version.tar.gz
cd OO..Version/
cd RPMS/
rpm2tgz *.rpm
installpkg *.tgz
cd desktop-integration/
Take what you need
Last update: 2007-12-13 14:32/Author: Niclas Magnusson/Revision: 1.0

oder indem man die eigene JavaEngine verwendet
# ./setup -j /usr/lib/java/bin/java

suspend to ram /etc/acpi/acpi_handler.sh

root@amdx2:/etc/acpi# cat acpi_handler.sh 
#!/bin/sh
IFS=${IFS}/
set $@

case "$1" in
  button)
    case "$2" in
      power) logger "Powerbutton as supsend - aha /etc/acpi/..."
             /opt/powermanagement/suspend
             #/sbin/init 0
         ;;
      *) logger "ACPI action $2 is not defined"
         ;;
    esac
    ;;
  *)
    logger "ACPI group $1 / action $2 is not defined"
    ;;
esac

/opt/powermanagement/suspend

#!/bin/sh

# discover video cards ID
ID=`lspci | grep VGA | awk { print $1 } | sed -e s@0000:@@ -e s@:@/@`

# securely create a temporary file
TMP_FILE=`mktemp /var/tmp/video_state.XXXXXX`
trap rm -f $TMP_FILE 0 1 15

# switch to virtual terminal 1 to avoid graphics
# corruption in X
chvt 1

# write all unwritten data (just in case)
sync

# dump current data from the video card to the
# temporary file
cat /proc/bus/pci/$ID > $TMP_FILE

# suspend
echo -n mem > /sys/power/state

# restore video card data from the temporary file
# on resume
cat $TMP_FILE > /proc/bus/pci/$ID

# switch back to virtual terminal 4 (running X)
chvt 4

# remove temporary file
rm -f $TMP_FILE

Updates /usr/share/pci.ids and /usr/share/usb.ids

# update-pciids
# update-usbids

Printing

A low memory footprint solution is LPRng in contrast to CUPS.
Compilation Fixups...

Change SHELL="/bin/bash" to SHELL=/bin/bash in Makefile
$ ./configure --prefix=/opt/lprng-3.8 --disable-werror

v12

This version uses kernel v2.6 and udev on its defaults. If you port a installation - e.g. using vmware - to a different computer, your ethernet interfaces might not work. Udev checks the devices and _adds_ them to the old ones! Delete the files with the detected devices and restart. Then all ethernet interfaces will be rescaned and correctly numbered.

# cd /etc/udev/rules.d
# del 75-network-devices

for some reason they changed the settings to use a dvd-based kernel to boot the system

huge.s root=/dev/hda2 rdinit= ro

ATI is not the first choice for a linux PC any more - no official open source support. So XOrg is a bit tricky. The default configuration generates a Kernel-Panic - CAPS-Lock + Scroll-Lock are blinking :-(
Trying ALT-PrtScr-K next time - this combination should kill the all process in the current terminal.
Xorgconfig is a textmode tool for minimal configuration - such as a VGA setting. This should work on any PC-based system.
If this works - go on to use xorgcfg. This is an X-based tool and was able to detect my Radeon 800 card correctly.

# xorgconfig
# xorgcfg

Add some more tweaking - such as keyboard layout - you get this xorg.conf file.

Next is the sound system - OSS is nowadays completly replaced by ALSA. But ALSA does not provide any default settings. So - even if your audio device is found - no sound will be played....

MIC issue [solved]

# vi /etc/modprobe.conf
options snd-hda-intel model=hp 
 
after reboot, start alsamixer and replace with the SPACE on keyboard the red capture sign. Remove it from MIC and set it new on CAPTURE.

as floopies are a dieing race - I tried an usbstick
Stick it in and lock in the /var/log/messages file.

Jul 21 13:20:33 st11 kernel: usb 1-6: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
Jul 21 13:20:33 st11 kernel: usb 1-6: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
Jul 21 13:20:33 st11 kernel: scsi4 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
Jul 21 13:20:38 st11 kernel: scsi 4:0:0:0: Direct-Access     Pretec   04GB             2.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2
Jul 21 13:20:38 st11 kernel: SCSI device sda: 8060927 512-byte hdwr sectors (4127 MB)
Jul 21 13:20:38 st11 kernel: sda: Write Protect is off
Jul 21 13:20:38 st11 kernel: SCSI device sda: 8060927 512-byte hdwr sectors (4127 MB)
Jul 21 13:20:38 st11 kernel: sda: Write Protect is off
Jul 21 13:20:38 st11 kernel:  sda: sda1
Jul 21 13:20:38 st11 kernel: sd 4:0:0:0: Attached scsi removable disk sda
Jul 21 13:20:38 st11 kernel: sd 4:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg0 type 0

so the usbstick is recognized and a device entry /dev/sda1 was created for usage.
Create now a mountpoint and a fstab entry such as

/dev/sda1    /mnt/usbstick    auto      auto,rw     0 0

and mount it # mount /mnt/usbstick

v11 - 64bit Edition

Basic installation on Games Heaven as descriped in v9.1 - format extfs3 with 2048 segments
without x-systems.
For dualboot -> Lilo will be installed on the root partition

linux: bare.i root=/dev/hda2 noinitrd ro

to get linux online and copy the loader to the windows drive...
Missing packages can be added with

# pkgtool

such as glib-x...tar.gz, glibc-2...tar.gz, ncur...tar.gz, X-Window...

v11

kernelupgrade

$ wget http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.6/linux-2.6.21.5.tar.bz2
$ cp /boot/config-ide-2.4.33.3 /usr/src/linux-2.6.21.5/.config
$ cd /usr/src/linux-2.6.21.5
$ make silentoldconfig
$ make menuconfig           # kontrolliere die uebernommenen Settings
$ make
# make modules_install
# cp arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/bzImage-2.6.21 
# cp System.map /boot/System.map-2.6.21 
# cp .config /boot/config-2.6.21
add the new kernel to the lilo.conf in /etc and update the settings
# lilo

links
upgrading to v2.6

v9.1

install
after inserting the Slackware 9.1 CD1, an ENTER starts the installation. As replacement of a boot-diskette use this CD with the option bare.i root=/dev/hda1 noinitrd ro to boot the linux an the harddisk.

Settings:
- (Press 1 for selection) select keyboard map: qwertz/sg.map - Swiss German
- Press root for logon
- # fdisk /dev/hda - 40MByte /boot, 3GByte /, 128MByte SWAP, 50GByte /opt
- # network - ENTER autoprobe and DHCP ok
- # setup (after installation pkgtool, also installpkg and install-packages are available)

Slackware Linux Setup:
- ADDSWAP - /dev/hda5
- TARGET - format ext3 only, 2048 Byts per node - default 4096
- SOURCE - CDROM autoprobe - /dev/hdd
- SELECT - all, except Games, Tcl, TeX, KDE, KDEi, GNOME, F, E, X, XAPP, Kernelsource
- INSTALL - expert - choose packets manually -> Base system with compiler
- CONFIGURE- defaultkernel, no bootdisk, no modem, simple lilo in mbr
- no fb console, network, no custom font, timezone Europe/Zurich, root password

My developer and server machine uses only 314MByte harddisk space! Good.
Much better than the 500MByte without dev-support on a Redhat system.

system configuration

Testing the gcc installation.
use the famous hello world hw.c and hw.cpp
Problems (local mirror)?

Perhaps, the glib2-devel package is missing.

/etc/profile
mkdir $HOME/bin and add this to $PATH. Remove on the other side the . from the $PATH (last 3 lines).
Disable email notification by setting biff n

/etc/issue
Change the logon screen :-)
s -> System specification -> Release number l -> logon terminal

/etc/rc.d/rc.M
Set the console screensaver from 15 to 45 minutes : /bin/setterm -blank 45