first time setting for slackware – for dummies

Since my first article about how to install slackware for dummies, now I learn to write what setting need to be set after you have the installation. Of course, my biggest apologize for you, I wrote this as a dummie for dummies. For experts who read this I m waiting for your suggestion or any else if I wrote it wrong. Thank you.

So here we go, we need to set several things that I will mention below.
1. User setup : until 12.2 version, slackware still use root as a first user. But I have been reminded for the security reason, always use a user username as your login than root. Even though linux is safe for virus/trojan but it doesn’t mean they are not exist. They are trojan for linux but very few. And it will be difficult to intercept our computer in user username login mode. the command is
#adduser

follow the wizzard appears in your screen. After that type
#exit
so you will have login screen again, type in your new username and the password.

2. Sound setup : by default, slackware sometime have not check/ detect/ configure the sound card appropriate. So you need to configure it first to make sure.
#alsaconf

And follow the wizard appears on the screen. Usually all you need is press enter until it finishes.
To configure a volume level type this,
#alsamixer

Use your arrow key in the keyboard to move left right and up down key to adjust the volume level.

3. Kde setup : By default, when we first turn the computer on, slackware still use console login like the first use. To configure the slackware to use KDE for login, you need to write down some command in the start up script file. It is /etc/rc.d/rc.local
Remember we have to edit all the system setting in root user. But you don’t have to exit the console and login again in root, you all need to type is
#su
and enter your password. So you use two user login in a single computer at a same time.
This is what we need to edit the file
#nano /etc/rc.d/rc.local

Just add one command in rc.local which is
init 4
Save it with pressing ctrl+o. So when booting the computer you will have a KDE login windows. When you use KDE for the first time, there will be a wizard asking the setting that you want for your KDE. Like language, colors and else. Choose anything you desire.
But you still can change the setting later on, by click on start me – control centre.

4. VGA setting (if necessary) : By default slackware will use vesa driver for any kind of vga. If your vga is old maybe it won’t work. So you need to set the vga option. Normally if the vesa driver can not work, you won’t have your KDE login. Slackware will freeze down. At this moment you need to edit your rc.local again to have console login.
How? just press ctrl+f6 or f2 until f5 anything that work, so you will have console login again in different console. Use root as your username. Then edit the rc.local again.
Or straightly edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file where the vga setting is set.
First let find out what kind of vga you have by this
#lspci
See your vga type. Is it nvidia, ati, intel or what. Then type this

#xorgconfig

Follow the wizard. And at the refresh monitor setting, make sure you have the right setting. See at the back of your monitor if you don’t know the monitor setting. IF this command could find the right vga, you will have your KDE work. IF not, you should find to the vga site to look for a driver. For some of the vga type trouble, search my site here maybe there is some vga type that I already solved.

5. Set the LAN or internet : If you have internet connection through local area network that you need to set this too. By default slackware use dhcp mode to gain ip number for your computer.
All you need is to start the connection if it still off.
#/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 start

Your server then will give your computer an ip number. Normally it will give you the gateway to access to the internet. But if not maybe slackware cannot determine the dns address of your internet. So edit this file
#nano /etc/resolv.conf
Put your dns address that you already ask your provider before.

For speedy in west java you can add this line. Or browse first to your speedy website to gain the dns. Type these line to your resolv.conf
# Generated by dhcpcd for interface eth0
nameserver 222.222.222.10
nameserver 222.222.222.11

Restart your line
#/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 restart

And hopefully your lan and your internet work.
After this stage your computer is fully operated.

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