It looks like Slackware is on hold for another night. I can't figure out how to make it install into a small enough package, so I need to go buy the larger hard drive, which won't be until tomorrow.
I'm starting to get frustrated a bit with the installer. I was installing it without an internet connection and without documentation at hand (there's a long and boring explanation as to why that was), so I didn't know what each package really was or how much space it took up. I first tried installing it with the method that lets you choose each package, but I was essentially accepting or rejecting them blindly. I didn't know how much space each package took up, or what it did beyond a small description. It was only at the actual installation that I got a proper description of them all and their size. Doing it that way, the first CD had filled 90% of the allotted space.
The second time, I installed using the newbie method. This gives you a description of each item and its size, but you have to sit there and babysit it! You choose or reject each package at the time of installation (no wonder it claimed it would take a year). What's worse, it doesn't give you a tally of how much space has been used so far or how many items remain!
I'm very unhappy with this installer (apparently I just went from 'starting to get a bit frustrated' to very unhappy, but venting is therapeutic). I'd be content with the newbie installer if it let me choose my packages before running the installation and gave me a tally of how much of the available space had been used. But wait, there's more!
I'm installing this to a Celeron 300 (although it gets detected as 399 MHz, so I may not even know my own hardware as well as I thought I did). Why in the world is it installing SMP kernels? The description says that they're for multi-threaded or multi-CPU systems. Either the description is lacking detail, or I'm getting stuff installed unnecessarily. Either way, I'm not happy about it. I could possibly work around it by installing just the kernels the first time, deleting the unwanted ones, and then deleting everything else, but I shouldn't have to
. Am I doing something wrong? Would I have had the option if I had installed with the expert method and been more aggressive about trimming packages?
The question is sort of moot, because the larger hard drive will give me all the space I need, but it's just an example of the sort of issue I've had with this project (I don't come here for help with everything, just the stuff that's really giving me trouble).
Originally Posted by enorbet2
Man! Talk about "insult to injury"! Has this failure to read DVDs been an ongoing problem? I recently learned that DVD drives have two separate laser "heads" one for CDs and another for DVDs. So it is possible the DVD subsystem has gone south. Less likely but possible is it's just dirty. Thankfully it isn't the drive controller since CDs do still work.
I know it's read burned DVDs in the past. I burned to a different brand of DVD, and it hummed and hawwed for a while before deciding it wouldn't read or boot from it, but then it refused to boot from CD for about ten minutes, at which point I gave it my number two glare and it returned to proper function. I'll test it properly when I have an OS on it.
Incidentally: what are Prototype files for the X window manager (am I saying that right? I'm going from memory.)? There are a bunch of them on the installer, but I don't know if that's a weird way of saying beta or source files, or if Prototype means something special in Linux terminology (a program, or file type, or any number of things, for example).
Thanks for all your help, by the way.