Absurd: Slackware 15 Beta

20210414

Patrick Volkerding announced the following yesterday: I'm going to go ahead and call this a beta even though there's still no fix for the illegal instruction issue with 32-bit MariaDB. But there should be soon. No build regressions noted with the official GCC 10.3 release. Please report any new (or old) issues on the LQ Slackware forum. Enjoy

The changelog is available from Slackware.com

The question then becomes, how do you get the beta? The answer is: the same way you got the alpha.

The first step is going to be attaining all of the various packages:

lftp -c "open https://mirrors.kernel.org/slackware/ ; mirror -P 2 -c -e 'slackware64-current'"

This is going to download every package in the slackware release. Where I have 16 you would alter that to however many CPU threads you wish to use with FTP. Once the download is complete change to that directory, and then you will need to run a rather long command:

mkisofs -o $HOME/Slackware64-15-Beta1.iso -R -J -v -d -N -x ./pasture -x ./testing -x ./source -x ./extra/source -hide-rr-moved -no-emul-boot -eltorito-platform efi -eltorito-boot isolinux/efiboot.img -A "Slackware64 15" .

You will then need to burn this to a disc or copy it to a USB drive, I chose to use USB:

dd if=Slackware64-15-Beta1.iso of=/dev/sdf bs=1M

You then boot off of USB via whatever bootup keystroke that your computer requires.

Once booted, you will need to partition your computer's hard disk. I typically prefer to use gdisk for this. You can invoke gdisk via the command gdisk /dev/sdX and subsequently, you will be presented with a very fdisk like interface but it supports GPT partitions which are required for UEFI boot. If you currently have a problematic disk type, you can wipe that out with 'x' and then 'z'. Make sure to an EFI partition with the type of ef00.

Following the partitioning of disks, you can then proceed to installation via setup.

Once you're booted into your new installation of Slackware, you will want to go about adding a regular user and adjusting any settings that you wish. After that, you may wish to install sbopkg. You can grab sbo via:

wget https://github.com/sbopkg/sbopkg/releases/download/0.38.1/sbopkg-0.38.1-noarch-1_wsr.tgz

Then you will want to install that package via:

installpkg sbopkg-0.38.1-noarch-1_wsr.tgz

Once installed, you will need to make a few changes to the configs for sbopkg the queue file generator. Within /etc/sbopkg/sbopkg.conf you need to change the REPO_BRANCH and the REPO_NAME to match:

REPO_BRANCH=${REPO_BRANCH:-current}
REPO_NAME=${REPO_NAME:-SBo-git}

Then you need to do the same with /usr/sbin/sqg

Once that is complete, you can do:

sbopkg -r

You can then search for a package via:

sbopkg -g packagename

You can install a package via:

sbopkg -i packagename

If a package has many dependencies, you can install them via:

sqg -p packagename
sbopkg -i packagename

By building the ISO file yourself, you have the latest possible install media. If you want to keep your install updated, you will want to change /etc/slackpkg/mirrors. In my installation, the mirrors file still lists current and 14.2. I commented the 14.2 line that was default, and then uncommented https://mirror.slackbuilds.org/slackware/slackware64-current/. Once this is done, issue:

slackpkg update
slackpkg install-new
slackpkg upgrade-all

That's a decent brief. For those gamers out there, you should know that Slackware is perfectly capable of running Steam. To do so:

sqg -p flatpak
sbopkg -i flatpak
flatpak --user remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://dl.flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
flatpak install com.valvesoftware.Steam

You can then run steam via:

flatpak run com.valvesoftware.Steam

You should now be completely capable of running your Steam games. If, on the other hand, you want to use Lutris, you will want to follow alienbob's instructions on multilib installations.

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