Episode 50 Upgrading Slackware

Posted in Slackware at 6:46 pm by ewlabonte

Well I got this one out in record time :). Upgrading slackware from one version to another has a reputation for being intimidating, but it isn’t. It’s not as easy as “apt-get dist-upgrade” but the instructions are relatively simple and straight forward. In this episode I upgrade a 12.1 slackware installation to 12.2 using Pat Volkerding’s “preferred” method. I hope you enjoy it.

The section where I reconfigure the configuration files in /etc was originally long and boring so I truncated it after a few examples and went right to the end.

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  1. ron said,

    January 3, 2009 at 6:40 am


    podcasts 49 & 50 have excellent audio quality. the volume level is also high. I rate the audio #1 over any other podcast.

    maybe you can do a podcast on your audio set up, software and production techniques?

    keep up the good free open source work.

    it’s much appreciated.

    your voice sounds much better and more positive too.

    thank you,


  2. ron said,

    January 3, 2009 at 6:58 am


    I tweeted your podcast:





  3. ewlabonte said,

    January 3, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Thank you Ron, I have no idea why the audio quality would be so high. I run puppy linux off a memory stick on an old laptop and I use rox-gui to record it. I salvaged that laptop because it’s the only one with any decent audio quality for recording. Even so there is an audible background hiss.

  4. Kevin said,

    January 3, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Ed,
    Glad to hear you again after a 6 month break. I hve been listening to you for some time, and enjoy listening to your install pod casts. I have been a Linux user some time now, and really enjoy the uniqueness of your methods and how different it is to all other pod casts. You have helped me tremendously in how you take the step by step approach to installing a distro. I usually don’t install a new distro when I listen to you , but later on. Sometimes I listen to them several times before I try an install first, and a lot of your suggestions help me out tremedously.
    I presently run Ubuntu 8.10 on my main computer, and before that Slackware, and Arch. I seems as though Ubuntu works for me, but enjoy trying new things out in test computers.
    Thank you again for your dedication to Linux
    Thank you again for your pod cast.
    Sincerely, Kevin

  5. ewlabonte said,

    January 4, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Thank you for your high praise, Kevin. The only reason this podcast is different from others is that I’m lazy and don’t bother much with preparation. I just do what I would ordinarily do and record it. The fact that people find it entertaining or even instructive is a great mystery.

    As far as what distro is best, it’s all personal. Whenever people talk about unifiying Linux into one grand distribution, I just can’t comprehend why anyone would want that. As far as I’m concerned it’s the choice that makes this phenomenon so interesting.

  6. Michael said,

    January 30, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I love the show can’t wait to see whats up next!!!

  7. daniel said,

    February 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Thanks for all the shows:D i just wanna say keep up the good work. Is always fun to listening to a new episode of the lip 😀 i can’t wait for the next and next 😀

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