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Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by VP9KS, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. VP9KS

    VP9KS New Member

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    Hello out there in computerland. I have played around with Redhat and a couple other flavors in the past, but now I am serious about finding a replacement for Windows XP before it's support goes away. I just cannot consider windows 8, because I've heard too many people complain about it. I bought the 6 disk set of Slackware 14.0 and it has been very educational. Darkstar is currently a G4e620n mb with a P4 2.66 ghz and 512mb of ram. It should suffice for now. I don't think I will ever be a Guru, but I will try to help if I can. I've been playing with, and building my own boxes for quite a while. I don't go for the most expensive components (cheap is good, free is better is my mantra), and a lot of what I use would be considered OLD, but I am surrounded by 6 computers of different flavors, and they do what I need them to do.

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  2. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Super Moderator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Aloha and welcome to Linux.org! You can learn a lot here. Slackware is a great choice. Many people here like Slackware, so many users here should be able to answer many or all of your questions. Enjoy the site.
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    pimpcode74 New Member

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    Good to see another Slackware user here. Slackware is a good choice if you really want to get your hands dirty running Linux. Welcome aboard!
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    Darren Hale Active Member

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    Nothing wrong with using old kit mate I myself have my own OS for this purpose. Steam Computing is cool. Remember Have fun.
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    VP9KS New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome guys. I must admit that my avatar is a bit old. I cropped it from a picture taken in Bermuda in 1979. I just turned 61 on july 26th. By the way, I was looking through my "junkbox" yesterday, and found an old P4 2.88ghz. I dropped in into darkstar, just to see what would happen. Now the hyperthreading entry in the bios is enabled. Before, I didn't even see that entry, although the documentation for the bios described it. It seems to have increased the speed a bit. time will tell.

    daren, you mentioned steam computing. What is that? I am not the king of "old kit", but certainly a prince! :)
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    arochester Active Member

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    Darkstar Linux ?
    http://linux.wikia.com/wiki/DARKSTAR
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    VP9KS New Member

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    No, Im using slackware 14.0 Sorry for the confusion, but "darkstar" is the default computer name used in slackware. I liked it, so I left in. But thanks for the info, there are so many flavours of linux, that I can't keep up with them.
    ciao
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    Darren Hale Active Member

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    Slackware is pretty cool.
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    Slackware will teach you how to really run Linux.
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    Welcome! I been quite inactive so I just saw this. But welcome! It's always good to see another user of slackware!
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    Hi,

    Steam Computing is my term for using either real old computers or distros with retro kernels for older hardware, ie Damn Small Linux
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    VP9KS New Member

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    Hello again,
    I am happy to tell all that I have finally managed to get my Linux box on line! I am using it to type this message. It took a while, but It works fine on a wired connection. I tried to ge it to use my usb wireless module to no avail. Oh, well, that gives me something to work on! And , Darren, It is old kit! My notes are all scribbled on slips of paper, now I need to get them all together so I can actually read them!! I need to type them into the computer, because they look like I wrote them in greek (or latin, maybee?)!
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    arochester Active Member

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    Wireless card or dongle?

    Open a Terminal and issue the command: lspci
    What appears against Network Controller?
    If the command is not found you may need to install lspci.

    If lspci doesn't produce the result try: lsusb
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    VP9KS New Member

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    It's an older Realtech usb external rf module, with a helical antenna. My wife bought it a long time ago, when the wireless module in her old laptop failed and she didn't want to get rid of the computer. We used it in the van a few times on trips. When we needed to find a hotel, we would park outside a Burger king and search the local listings on the internet. It has a great range. It works well with XP and Vista, but nothing after that. I thought this would be a good use for it. I haven't given up yet, I'm just scratching my head for a while. I just hate to get rid of something that is paid-for and I still might have a use for. Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a try when I get the chance.

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