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Slackware 9.0 Installation Guide

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Section 11: Last Thoughts

Now that Slackware up and running we can be working with the system. It is very dangerous to login using the root user account, especially if you are a novice to Linux. It is much safer to add a new user account for yourself and use this normal user account for your day to day work in Linux.

The root user has unlimited privileges and must be used the first time to create additional user accounts. There are several command that can be used to do this, but I like the adduser program Slackware provides. Just enter that command to begin adding a new user account. Answer the questions as needed. If you want to accept the default setting, just press Enter on that line.

Adding A New User

More questions that should be self-explanatory.

Finalizing The User Account

The last step is to enter a password for the new account. Once that is completed, you should logout and use the new user account to log back in. Remember, only login as root when you must.

Logging Back In

I know many of you will want to get away from the command line and jump straight into the X-Windows GUI. Slackware can normally do this right away. The command to launch X-Windows is startx.

Launching the GUI

If you selected KDE as the default window manager, you will see the KPersonalizer wizard the first time you start the KDE Window Manager. It will store the selections you make here so you only have to do the following steps once. First, select your country from the list. This inform KDE of your preferred locale settings. That affects how things like dates, times and money are displayed to you.

There is also a language option, but my version of the Slackware CD-ROM did not have enough room to install any language except English.

Selecting Your Country

Next you can select from 4 different sets of behaviors. This affects things like single-click versus double-click to launch programs. If you don't like the way things are, you can always change it later by visiting KDE's Control Center, or by rerunning the KPersonalizer Wizard tool.

KDE Style Settings

KDE can also enable or disable a lot of special effects, such as icon zooming, fading menus and animated windows. The special effects do require a faster system, so if you want you can drag the slider to add or remove special effects. Click the Show Details button to see a list of special effects available.


Next we can select from several themes. Themes affect the way windows, buttons and other visual elements are drawn. They also define font and color settings. You can click on the styles and see a preview of the theme in the small window below the list box.

Theme Selection

That completes the KPersonalizer Wizard (aka Desktop Settings Wizard). You can run it again later, or make other customizations using the Control Center.

Personalizer Wizard Complete

Next, KDE finishes loading and initializing itself for the first time. During this time a progress indicator (aka splash screen) is displayed to keep you amused. Er, I mean to inform you of what is happening.

KDE Initialization

Just like some other popular operating systems, KDE programs can show you a useful tip-of-the-day box. Feel free to clear the checkbox labeled Show tips on startup after you have memorized all of them.

Tip of the Day

Well that is about it for the installation guide. There is a lot more to learn about Slackware and Linux, but hopefully this gave you enough information to at least get started. Good luck and welcome aboard!

The KDE Menu

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