Slackware may be what this flavor of Linux is called, but you can not be a slacker if you want to install Slackware. Do not be afraid. If you have even some basic skills you can install Slackware. Well, with the help of this tutorial, that is.
What is Linux?
Linux is a family of operating systems that are all based on the Linux kernel, originally written in 1991 by Linus Torvalds. Many different types, sometimes called flavors, of Linux have been created by developers from all over the world. Each flavor brings something unique to the world of Linux, and is designed with a different set of users in mind.
There are now literally hundreds of types of Linux. The most important thing to know about Linux is that it is open source, which means that end users have full access to the kernel of the operating system, which gives you total access and control.
What is Slackware?
Slackware is actually the oldest form of Linux that you can get your hands on. It was the first Linux distribution to achieve widespread use by the end user community. It is not focused on the GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces) that many versions of Linux created for end users. It does not even attempt to be easy to use as an interface.
It is pure and simple Unix. It gives you a wide range of control, by allowing you to access to the command interface directly. This flavor is not at all for the faint of heart. It is for hardcore users. Expect to see a lot of black screens with the classic green text on it.
What do I need to begin the install?
1. A computer; a 486 as a bare minimum, Pentium 2 or higher for graphical environments (desktops).
2. The Slackware DVD: Get Slack.
3. A virtualization product like VMware Player or Server.