Comment: i made a usb loader for slackware

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i made a usb loader for slackware

1. I got downloaded the slackware iso (i used a bit torrent)
2. I got the Linux Live USB Creator (http://www.linuxliveusb.com) and used it to create the bootable USB
3. Booted from the USB.
4. Used cfdisk to partition the hard drive
(that's really the only tricky part)

For the old Dell machine it was a destructive install anyway but for the the computer that my boys use at home I put in another hard disk and left XP on the present hard drive.

From there, the default settings pretty much take care of things.

You get a chance to decide what desktop you want. I like XFCE just fine but KDE is more out-of-the-box Windows-like but one can configure XFCE quite nicely.

You will need to learn how to load packages and SlackBuilds and such to add the software you want but it is not too difficult.

I had my 14 yr old son add LibreOffice to his machine as a SlackBuild and he got it done first time no hitches.

There are a lot of cool tools in the open software world for Linux and they all run very very fast.

Windows was getting too dumbed down and syrupy and slow for me,
and I am tired of being played by Microsoft. Really, it's not their computer. It's mine.

Open source software empowers the people.

LibreOffice seems to do everything that the Microsoft Office Suite does and many things it does much better. It also has a Corel-Draw-like Draw program that you don't get with MSOffice.