slackware 12.1 kernel install question

Steve Holmes steve at
Thu Aug 21 03:29:50 EDT 2008

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Oh, given that, I could probably proceed as I have always done then.
I thought when reading the update and readme files for Slack 12.1 that
initrd's had to be used now.  I'd some day like to get used to initrd
and build one but so far, I've been lazy and just use the setup I
have.  I too build replacement kernels as  soon as possible after
upgrades like this because I like to patch in ntfs support and of
course the latest speakups.  I don't have a dual core processer so I
don't think I need SMP but that's another area I'm not really familiar
with; dunno if it would hurt anything to include SMP support or not.

When I looked, Slack 12.1 seemed to be really current on package
versions too.  I just have to be careful with my gnome installation
because that isn't native to slackware as you know and dropline hasn't
updated in over six months! so if I upgrade slack 12.1 and update the
X stuff, it might break my gnome setup; not sure there.

On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 09:24:46AM -0400, Alex Snow wrote:
> In slack 12.1 like in 12.0 the speakup.s kernel is automagically 
> installed if you booted with that kernel on the install disk.  There 
> are some issues when using the install cd since you have to install 
> packages from the second CD and then grab the kernels from the first 
> CD (in 12.0 at least, it wouldn't prompt you to reinsert the first 
> disk, then explode because it couldn't find the kernels 
> directory--this may be fixed in 12.1).  Other then that, as long as 
> you specify your synth parameters when the installer is configuring 
> Lilo everything should come up talking.
> Slackware 12.1 also doesn't require initrds, the speakup.s kernel has 
> everything you need compiled in.  I usually replace this with a 
> patched version of one of the smp-enabled kernels rather quickly after 
> install, again you don't need an initrd if you use the hugesmp kernel, 
> or do what I do and take the standard smp kernel and add needed 
> filesystem drivers into the kernel.
> On 
> Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 11:45:40PM -0700, Steve Holmes wrote:
> > Hash: RIPEMD160
> > 
> > I haven't tried Slack 12.1 yet but If you got your synth and stuff
> > working for the initial installation, you should be able to add those
> > same parameters to the lilo.conf file for the kernel you install from
> > the kernel choices.  I haven't messed with it yet because I'm chicken
> > about the initrd stuff but should get down with my laptop and give it
> > a go soon.
> > 
> > On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 08:16:51PM -0400, Jude DaShiell wrote:
> > > What command or commands need to be done with /kernels/speakup.s/bzImage  
> > > in order to get slackware 12.1 talking once installation is finished and  
> > > ready for first boot?  I'm hearing things that are going too fast to  
> > > understand them when the speakup.s kernel fails to install.
> > >
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