Linux at Fruttenboel Klapschmühle.

I've been a DOS man since 1987. When Windows 3 came along, I tried to fight it as long as possible. When Window 9x came, the fight got more intense. In 1997 I installed a Windows 3.11 on Lithium in order to be able to process E-mail on the internet. When I ran into NetTamer, I could continue with DOS to handle my mail.
For webbrowsing I still needed Windows 3.11 and Netscape. And things didn't look very good for me when the browsers became more and more demanding. So I had to take another plunge into something.

That something was Linux. I had been playing with Linux already for a year or so. And in the end of 2001 I made the switch: DOS was abandoned in favor of Linux. So Linux has been ruling in this place since many years now. In these years, more and more computers have been converted to Linux. There is one Windows computer, but that one is dual boot. Some poorly designed websites still require an Internet Exploder signature, so that's when Linux is temporarily not used.

At present I have several computers actively running Linux (most of them can be considered computer junk) with an emphasis on Slackware. All my computers are named after chemical elements for some obscure reason.

Computer CPU OS 1 OS 2 OS 3 Status
Fluor Intel core i3 U6100 Slackware Current (kernel 4.9.237) Slackware Current (kernel 4.9.40) - Active
Beryllium AMD Phenom X3 8550 Slackware Current kernel 4.19 Slackware Current kernel 5.4 - Active
Fosfor Intel Core2 Duo P8700 Linux Mint 18.2 - - Active
Argon Intel Core2 Duo Slackware 14.2 Active
Gallium Intel Pentium II Slackware 11 Hibernating

All machines have a separate webpage. If interested, select one in the navigator frame on the right. Each webpage tells details about the processor, memory, devices and important configuration files.

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Various Linuxes to the test

Read about my experiences with Debian Sarge, Etch, Slackware 10, 11 and 12, Knoppix, Minix. In the end I have come to the conclusion that Slackware is the best Linux. Only if you want a Windows clone for free, Debian scores some high grades.

About kernels

About compiling your own kernel. On slackware of course. It is quite easy. It is simpler than receiving yet another new kernel on Linux Mint or YouBounTou. Easy steps. Simple commands. Safe actions. Quick results. And why some new kernels won't compile.

About passwords

Some tips and hints for creating reasonably secure (and easy) passwords.

Autostart KDM

On one of my boxes I needed KDM to start automatically, instead of GDM. It took some time and efforts to get this done. At the end only some minor modifications were needed in a boot script.

Network printers

All computers are created equal, but some were more equal and had a local printer attached... That was not fair so it was time for a change.

Your own Linux SBC

We all have this special application that we still have to make, which for years has been in the top of the list. That application would be best made with a Linux Single Board Computer (SBC). But that would drive up the cost astronomically... See how we tackle this on Fruttenboel.

Making backups on CD

It's important to make backups of your /home directory tree. It is the most important section of your harddisk with changing data. So do make safety backups in regular intervals. If you have a tape drive: good for you but I cannot help you.
In the case you have a CD-Writer I can help you in setting things up. It's not difficult. It's just some work to be done. Read all about it in the CD Writer page in the navigator.

Installing a CD Writer

You need to perform some tricks to let Linux realize that your CD Writer is more than just a reader. It needs some magic spells and some waving with a magic wand, but then the CD Writer is fully incorporated into your system (and your life).

Configuration files

The Linux configuration files are very important in recognizing file systems and hardware devices. I have listed the most important configuration files in the webpages that deal with the different computers.

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