Date: 01 Jan, 2000
Posted by: admin
In: linux, open source & software
Slackware Linux installation on an IBM Thinkpad 755CX is considered to be out-dated and will not be updated as of 2007-03-19
If you need to get Linux discs (CD, DVD) in teh UK then Cheep Linux (“the cheepest way to buy free software, lol!) and the Linux Emporium still appear to be operating, UseLinux was down for maintenance at the time of writing.
This page gives details about installing Slackware on a TP 755 cx and also links for general Slackware, Thinkpad and Linux information. I’ve also added a section on getting hold of Linux CD’s in the UK.
When I get ’round to fixing my X-windows I’ll add a page here about my experiences …
I just started this page on 10 December 2002. Apologies that it’s not looking slick yet. I’m using this as a kickstart to a new fully fledged site design for my whole site … I’m hoping to start looking for IT jobs again soon. :0)>
An IBM Thinkpad 755cx which I purchased second hand some 3+ years ago. It has a built in Mwave modem (broken?), 540MB hdd, floppy drive and all the usual ports.
I chose Slackware for no particular reason except that I read on a few discussion boards that it wasn’t newbie friendly (I like a challenge) and that someone had used it on a Thinkpad 755. Oh, yeah and I could easily get it on my comp using floppies. Version 8.1 is the latest.
Well, funny you asked that! I got my copy from uselinux.co.uk, the proprietor was most helpful and appears to be providing the discs out of love for Linux — I can’t see how he’d make a profit unless he has a huge CD generating capacity already.
Your best source for up to date distributions is the internet site, usually www.your-desired-distro.com. They usually have a list of FTP mirrors that you can spend a few weeks trying to get an ISO off – if like me you have 56K dialup. You could get a friend to download a copy. Or you could borrow a copy – remember this is open source and most of it is free-as-in-beer (eg GNU GPL) so you can print as many copies as you like – check the licences first and if in doubt e-mail the support guys for your distro.
Alternatively, try one of the following sites (none of whom sponsor me), I can only vouch for uselinux.co.uk though.
The following is a brief list of some application download locations that I have found interesting/useful. There’s a lot of such sites.
This should get you up and Slacking. Note that, I don’t think this is obvious, the link on the main Slackware page to “book” is a link to the sites documentation.
I’ve used all the following at some stage during the 2 week process of getting my Thinkpad up and running; most of these are for the older TP systems:
General information about the Thinkpad, not necessarily Linux stuff:
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