|Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 - M CPU 2.20GHz||Works||None|
|15 inch LCD Display (1024x768)||Works||None|
|Intel Integrated Video (82852/855GM)||Works||X uses vesa driver, default|
|40GB IDE Drive||Works||None|
|Integrated Intel 82801DB PRO/100 VE Ethernet Controller||Works||Use module eepro100|
|Modem||UKNOWN||Not used, no phone line.|
|Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC||Works||Use this module|
|Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM AC'97 Audio||Works||Don't forget to unmute things in alsamixer|
This laptop is running under the kernel version 126.96.36.199, provided with Slackware 11.0
Slackware is best for users who want simplicity and stability over bells and whistles. This is evidenced in the use of the 2.4 kernel line as the default choice, and the lack of Gnome as a desktop option.
Slackware can be obtained for free from the homepage. It is recommended to use bittorrent to obtain the ISOs, as this keeps the load on any one server to a minimum. The ISOs can sometimes be found on a mirror site.
Installing Slackware consists of booting from the first CD-ROM, hitting enter at the boot prompt, and logging in as root. Follow these simple steps:
A fresh install of Slackware 11.0 gives you some wonderful features, but we still need to add more. The Atheros wireless card does not work immediately, since it uses the madwifi driver. You need to download the madwifi driver here, which in my case was madwifi-0.9.2.1_188.8.131.52-i486-1.tgz. This package is installable using the following command:
Another feature missing is sound, which should be working by default but muted. Configure that with the command:
`alsamixer`then save your settings for the reboot:
Managing packages in Slackware could be as easy as you'd like it. There are two package managers I'm aware of, and I've only used one of them:
To use slackpkg, download and install its Slackware package using `instpkg`, uncomment a mirror in /etc/slackpkg/mirrors, then run `slackpkg update`.
slackpkg is useful for installing new packages without the use of discs, as well as keeping your system up to date with the latest release.