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If you want just the command prompt...

If you want just the command prompt...

Posted Mar 24, 2011 14:19 UTC (Thu) by butcher (subscriber, #856)
Parent article: Slackware 13.37: Linux for the fun of it

...take a look at ttylinux: http://ttylinux.net. 24MB bootable ISO that has an install script; if you really want to start from scratch, there's a build system that comes with the constituent source tarballs and cross-compiler setup scripts.

My first distro was Slackware in '94, IIRC. Built a mail server. Learned a lot, among the lessons was appreciating 'it just works' updating for boxes that aren't just for playing around, which was a mixed experience in slack at the time. As an eventual outcome, I now use Ubuntu for my HTPC, file/print server, and desktop machines, with the only complaint being the setup for development as noted previously.

But, for cluster computing, where I just want the thing to boot with a set of libraries that support my own apps, I'm really enamoured with ttylinux...


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If you want just the command prompt...

Posted Mar 24, 2011 14:27 UTC (Thu) by apolinsky (subscriber, #19556) [Link]

All I can say is that I started with Slackware at version 2.2. Currently I have 12.1, 12.2 and 13.1 on home computers along with Debian Squeeze. When I upgraded to Squeeze from Lenny, VMWare stopped working. When I upgrade Slackware, everything continues to function. Centos has similar upward reliability.

If you want just the command prompt...

Posted Mar 24, 2011 17:12 UTC (Thu) by wazoox (subscriber, #69624) [Link]

I started with Slack 3.1 IIRC, now running 13.0 on my work computer and 13.1 at home. My previous home machine was live-upgraded from 9.1 up to 12.1; then I tried skipping a couple of releases and went directly to 13.1, but some things never worked properly (firefox > 3.0, particularly, never ran).

Then I changed the machine, and installed a fresh 13.1 :)


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