Just thought I'd take a few moments to introduce myself as a new Salix user / explorer. I would also like to say "Thanks!" to all the developers for their hard work. The past months have seen me becoming more of an Xfce user (although I also use KDE 4 and GNOME), so I try to keep abreast of Xfce news. I saw some mentions of Salix OS, read a few (positive) reviews of it, and decided to attempt installing it on a spare partition. Wow! Salix is very nice and I'm impressed with it so far.
I guess I would classify myself as an intermediate Linux user -- not a total newbie, not afraid of the CLI when necessary, but definitely not a guru who understands how all a distro's components fit together and interact with each other. This is my first time to use a Slackware-based distro, so I'm in uncharted waters and will probably be asking some stupid questions here in the forum ...
If I understand your project's goals and philsophy, I appreciate what you're doing: trying to remain true to Slackware while adding some tools / utilities, etc. which will make Slackware easier for an average computer user. My impression (perhaps incorrect) was that Slackware -- along with Gentoo and Arch -- was a distro for Ubergeeks. Fast, stable, nice but unless you were an Ubergeek, you could never hope to install it, configure it or maintain it properly.
I used the Install CD and found the text-based installer to be less difficult than expected. (I had first prepared my root and /home partitions with GParted). One thing I found confusing during the installation:
The Installer identified my preconfigured ext4 partitions as ext3. However, I decided to continue with the routine anyway, and things turned out OK.
The installation also was surprisingly fast; I wasn't prepared for that and thought something might have gone wrong.
Once the installation completed, as I was fiddling with the GRUB Legacy which controls my MBR, I was confused by the fact that I could not find any initrd file. I encountered some problems getting Salix to boot, but I found a post by gapan in which he mentioned that the initrd file is not necessary for the boot process. (I searched just now and couldn't find it quickly). That might be something else which would be good to include in the Wiki ... Just a suggestion.
I found helpful info on the Wiki and in the User Forum. The "Salix Startup Guide" was also good. I had to hunt for it some, so maybe you could consider mounting it in a more prominent spot, or publicizing it.
In case this is helpful to anyone else in a similar situation, here is my GRUB Legacy stanza which finally allowed Salix to boot successfully:
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title Salix 13.1.2
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-huge-smp-184.108.40.206-smp root=/dev/sda8 ro quiet vga=788
(I have Pardus 2009.2 installed and its GRUB 0.97 controls the computer's MBR. I installed Salix on a root partition (/sda8) of 13 GB and a /home partition (/sda9) of 12 GB. I chose to install LILO on Salix's root partition, sda8).
Thank you again. Happy Holidays to everyone,
Salix OS 13.1.2 Xfce