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Slackware 14.0 Linux Installation Guide

June 9, 2013

In this guide I will cover the installation of Slackware 14.0 using the Slackware 14.0 64-bit DVD media. The installation of 32-bit Slackware will be the same as this guide. I will try to explain certain options and provide helpful hints along the way, so rather than just following the guide, you can understand the reasoning behind the decisions.

If there are any mistakes please draw my attention to them and I will correct as needed. I have tried to make this as simple as possible, whilst covering the vast majority of scenarios users will come across when installing this operating system.

Step 1:
The first thing you should do is head to the Slackware website and download the Slackware64-14.0-install-dvd.iso image. The disc image used in this guide can be downloaded here.

Step 2:
Using your disc burning software, burn the .iso you downloaded to a DVD.

Step 3:
Before you go any further, ensure all important data is backed up in case of data loss on your drives. This guide assumes you have media backups of your hard drives and you are safe to proceed.

Installing another operating system without first ensuring you have backups of your current files and operating system is a big risk. If you have no data to lose or you’ve backed up important data, you’re ready to proceed. YOU are responsible if you lose data.

For those of you using Windows and installing Linux for the first time I recommend you either use a separate hard disk not used with Windows, or create a partition big enough for Linux within Windows, by using the Disk Management utility in the Administrative Tools menu of the control panel. 20GB of hard disk space is absolutely plenty of space for you to begin exploring Slackware whilst at the same time having room to grow.

It goes without saying, that neither me, nor OS Guides accept any liability or responsibility for any errors or damage to your computer during, or after installing Linux. It is up to the user to ensure proper backups are made of important documents and files and this tutorial assumes these have already been completed and verified.

Step 4:
Ensure you have a network cable connected, restart your computer, and boot from the CD drive.

Step 5:
The DVD will begin to load up, and you’ll be presented with the boot prompt:
Slackware-14.0-Installation-Guide-1 Press enter to boot the operating system.

Step 6:
Before you can continue with installing Slackware you will be required to select the correct keyboard layout map. Those using a US English keyboard can press enter. Everyone else needs to type 1 and select the correct map from the menu as shown below:

  • Dheme

    Thank you for this detailed guide, i have just setup my first slackware environment.

  • Mark Scerbo

    “For the purposes of this guide we will assume Slackware is going to be installed to your first SATA hard drive, it doesn’t contain any data and is ready for partitioning.”

    Everything was going well until I got to this part. My computer is an old Dell Dimension 4600c series with only an IDE drive, so I tried the command “fdisk/dev/hda” instead of “fdisk/dev/sda”, but that didn’t work either. I’m guessing my drive does contain data (which is ok if it gets deleted), but it’s not ready for partitioning. Any suggestions for identifying and fixing the problem? I’ve spent multiple hours on google and have yet to find anything. I’d appreciate any help anyone could provide.