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HOWTO: My Salix Configuration

Posted: 20. Jun 2012, 15:14
by macondo
HOWTO: Configuration of my Salix 1337

I'm a newbie with Slackware/Salix, my desktop is an old box i bought second hand.
So, i'm not for eye-candy but instead concentrate my efforts on speed.

I installed the Fluxbox Salix 1337 version. The booting was slow for my taste. I launched the terminal, and wrote as user:

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$ man slapt-get
Then as root,to bring the system up to date:

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# slapt-get update && slapt-get --upgrade
I don't need a display manager to slow me down:

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#slapt-get --remove gdm
I also removed vim and imagemagic (no use for them, i use nano)

Then i changed the run level by editing as root the file /etc/inittab and leaving the runlevel line looking like this:

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Went to the main menu clicked on System -> System Services -> Press Enter, enter my root password, press Enter, a box with the startup services comes up.
In there, i select/deselect the services i need:

NOTE: I use and old box, NOT a laptop, i don't have a printer, if you're unsure don't MESS WITH THIS!, i write on paper what I select/deselect, the ones i'm not sure of i leave on. These are the ones i left selected. Use the spacebar to select/deselect.

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console kit
I installed unclutter, icewm, the firewall gufw, and ratpoison and other of my favorite apps with slapt-get or slapt-src or sourcery whatever you want.

Then i went as user to the file .xinitrc and left it looking like this:

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# merge in defaults and keymaps
if [ -f $sysresources ]; then
 xrdb -merge $sysresources
if [ -f $sysmodmap ]; then
 xmodmap $sysmodmap
if [ -f $userresources ]; then
 xrdb -merge $userresources
if [ -f $usermodmap ]; then
 xmodmap $usermodmap
# start some nice programs
#exec ck-launch-session dbus-launch startfluxbox

setxkbmap -option terminate:ctrl_alt_bksp
xsetroot -solid black
xrdb -merge .Xdefaults
unclutter -idle 2 &

exec startfluxbox #or any other window manager
With these lines i can get out of the Xs by pressing the keys Ctrl+Alt+Backspace
The background is black
My terminal is like i wanted it.
Unclutter makes the mouse point dissapear after 2 seconds while reading.

Now i reboot, and i come back, to a black screen,enter my username press Enter, typed my password and press Enter, and then type: startx press Enter and i am in like Flynn!

Re: HOWTO: My Salix Configuration

Posted: 20. Jun 2012, 20:13
by antmon
Hi! I liked very much reading your how-to. May I ask what do you do for a living? What is your experience with Linux?

Re: HOWTO: My Salix Configuration

Posted: 20. Jun 2012, 21:16
by macondo
I'm glad you liked it.
I'm a spanish-english translator, an average user, i read foreign papers, watch howtos in youtube, no geek at all, a retired old foggy, used Debian for a while.

My next project is to learn Multimedia stuff, i got to skype my daughter back in the States and don't know didly about it. :roll:

Re: HOWTO: My Salix Configuration

Posted: 21. Jun 2012, 10:51
by antmon