Slackware 14.2: installation and first glance

Slackware is a Linux distribution created and maintained by Patrick Volkerding. It was one of the first distributions to be released and is currently the oldest still in development.

Although the last official release of Slackware 14.2 was in June 2016, Slackware is a rolling distribution that is constantly evolving. So today the kernel has successfully reached version 4.4.14.


The installation of the distribution is not for complete beginners, but its management is for the old school of Linux.

The installer is not graphical (in part), and you should use the command line. Before starting the installation (in case you want to create a system with dual boot) it would be good to make the partitions that you will need from a graphical environment, so as not to get involved with fdisk or cfdisk.
On the system I installed Slackware I created only one partition for root.
The distribution found the existing / boot / efi, but also the swap partition from the other distributions that exist on the PC.

I forgot to mention that the USB or the installation DVD will ask you to log in as root. The installation starts with the setup command.

Select Install everything to avoid confusion and enter to proceed.

Say skip on the making USB boot stick

And if your system already has another operating system installed, avoid installing LILO. So skip to LILO as well.

Instead you can safely use ELILO.

Select the default Desktop Manager and proceed with the installation.

Tip: In the image below watch out… Select NetworkManager that will automatically set up your wired connection.

You do not need to change anything on the next cli screens. Leave the default settings and continue with the installation. Once you are done, you will need to log in to your original system to run a grub update, which will display Slackware on your boot screen.

In terms of settings now. Each installation should be done with the terminal, and a second post will probably follow.


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