I’ve been using Slackware for about a month or so. Haven’t really got the chance to explore it intensively yet, but so far I’m loving it. The installation process was a breeze and fast(it reminded me of sysinstall). I actually reinstalled three times – due to the lack of skills in partition sizing. The notebook that my company provided only carries an 80Gb size of hard disk, so I had to be very stingy when it comes to allocating spaces.
When I first wanted to switch from Ubuntu which I have been using for about 3 years, I was torn apart between choosing either Arch or Slack. I decided to go with Slack because of some success stories of users installing Lotus Notes that I’ve read. Well to be honest there are similar success stories of users installing Lotus Notes on Arch, but.. I must say that I’m pretty much heavily influenced by other FreeBSD forumers.
Installing Lotus Notes was a bit tricky, but once I got it installed, it runs pretty well. Crashed a few times, rarely though, but hey, this is Lotus Notes am talking about here. It could possibly crash on any possible platform you could think of. Lol. I seriously hate Lotus Notes. Argh. It’s huge, bloated and crippling slow. I wish IBM could produce a light weight version of Lotus Notes as an option for those who have to ‘painfully’ use it to check email. And not marking calendars, browse the net, play with widgets and what not. Gah. Apart from Lotus Notes, I’ve installed WebLogic and it runs smoothly on Slackware, no surprise there. I haven’t tried WebSphere though. Hopefully it’ll run fine as well. I definitely need one running on my notebook else don’t call me a WebSphere technical support.
There’s one thing that irks me though.. the netconfig command. It is the command you use to set an IP address to your machine, but I can’t for the life of me understand why it has to ask me to key in the hostname everytime I want to change my IP. How many times do I change my IP address? Being a technical support, a lot. How many times do I change a hostname of my machine? I don’t know. Like.. never? Well I know I’m complaining here, so.. am just gonna STFU and modify the netconfig script to stop prompting me for a hostname and FQDN. I’ve also added into the script 2 locations that I frequent the most, which is my office and home. I know I could just run a one liner command to change my IP, but that would be dynamic. And I prefer to have the IP to remain upon reboot.
Another thing that I still haven’t gotten the grip yet is the installation of 3rd party packages. All of the packages on my Slackware were installed by manually fetching the packages from slackbuild website, and get them installed using installpkg. I came across of a guy saying this in a forum.. “True slackers compile from the source”. Meh. So obviously I’m not a true slacker.. But anyhoo, that’s not the point. So apart from using installpkg, removepkg or compiling a 3rd party app from the source, I could also opt for slackpkg, the automated tool for managing Slackware packages. Hrmm. But I can only specify one mirror.. at first I thought it is like apt-get, where you can define repositories and just run apt-get install <package> and be done with it. But apparently there are not many packages that I could install using slackpkg. Most of the time when I run slackpkg search <package>, I got a message stating that there is no keyword match for the package that I wish to install. I really don’t mind compiling, or installing the binaries, but I hate to have to go to websites and fetch the packages manually. I think I must’ve missed something, there must be a better way that true slackers are practicing that I have yet to discover.
With all that said, I love the current setup of my notebook with Slackware. Everything is snappy.
So Ray, let me hear you roar.