Precompiled third-party packages

Many Slackware users avoid installing unofficial precompiled packages on their systems. I find this understandable, since there has never been (IMHO!) a big and trusted repository for third-party packages. I used to install just a couple of packages provided by AlienBob (like LibreOffice and some of its dictionaries) and then compile everything else from SlackBuilds.org. Read the rest of this entry »


SlackOnly as a main third-party repository

I decided to try using SlackOnly as my primary source of third-party software. My system is Slackware64 -multilib and all settings below take this into account. I manage the official Slackware updates and AlienBob’s multilib layer with slackpkg, complemented by it’s extension slackpkg+. Read the rest of this entry »


SBo sources

The SBo project does not host the sources of the packages that are built. It is an elegant approach to save space, but occasionally presents problems. Sometimes the source may get moved, renamed or (even worse) it may be an unversioned archive that just changes its MD5SUM. Read the rest of this entry »


Virtual machine settings

I keep clean installs of Slackware 32bit and 64bit in order to check how my SlackBuilds work. Currently, I use Oracle VM VirtualBox, installed on a Slackware64 14.1 -multilib system from the upstream provided binary (“All distributions”), AMD64 architecture (version 4.3.28). Read the rest of this entry »


VCMI: quick and automated setup

To play Heroes III with the VCMI engine, the original game data and unofficial addons have to be copied (manually) to their required locations. It is not a big issue, but can be confusing at first. Read the rest of this entry »