LILO fails to install on Slackware 15.0

Some days ago I tried the new version of Slackware on my desktop (dual boot with Windows 10) and during the installation I ran into the following error: The key of the problem was all in the statement: Fatal: open /dev/nvm: No such file or directory Investigating the content of /etc/lilo.conf I found a quirk ...

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Wireless access point with Zeroshell and Raspberry Pi

A few days ago my powerline definitely died, so I had to set up a very basic wireless access point using Zeroshell and my Raspberry Pi. As you know, the version 3 of this device comes with built-in wireless capabilities. In this article I will briefly explain all the necessary steps to create the access ...

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How to start a Bitnami stack at boot on Slackware

Bitnami stacks are a sort of self-contained sets of applications that allow you to run server-side software without touching anything on your operating system. After the installation procedure all the needed stuff is located into a folder which can be also relocated, if necessary. Bitnami logo In my opinion these kind of tools are very ...

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Vbox-autoinstall: an easy way to install Oracle VirtualBox on GNU/Linux Slackware 2

Hi folks! Last weekend I had to manually update VirtualBox on my laptop. As you can imagine, in these kind of situations my laziness takes over and then I almost suddenly start to think a smart way to get rid of the dirty job. So I ended up writing down a simple bash script to ...

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A simple C++ library to drive a stepper motor using the Raspberry Pi 2

About two years ago I wrote a simple C++ class to drive a small stepper motor using the Raspberry Pi. Recently I’ve done the last change to the code. In this post I will try to describe in a simple way how to use the library, also with the help of some examples. Hardware requirements ...

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Kernel patches: added support for HTTP mirrors 2

In the previous post I talked about my attempt to create a script to automate the kernel patches installation procedure on Slackware (stable) and I reported the quick ‘n’ dirty instructions to run it, with also a video demonstration. A few time after, a dear friend tried the script and he pointed out to me ...

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How to install kernel patches automatically on Slackware 4

For some strange reason, some time ago, I started to write down a simple Bash script that only detected the presence of new kernel patches on Slackware stable and installed the respective packages. Then I tried to improve it until I reached the actual version. I’m not so experienced in Bash scripting, but I decided ...

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Secure webcam streaming with mjpg-streamer and stunnel 2

Last week I was trying to understand how to establish a secure connection with a webcam streaming server. The idea was to setup a kind of small homemade surveillance system to be used when I’m away. I knew of mjpg-streamer and I used it years ago, but I’ve never tried to encrypt the communication channel ...

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My Slackware configuration 5

About a month ago I installed Slackware64 14.2 on my laptop, a Dell Inspiron 7537. After a long period spent with Fedora it was time to come back home, so I thought it would be a good thing to write down some system configuration highlights. Let’s see them together ;-) Initial steps after a full ...

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New GitHub account and some SlackBuilds updated

As I said in the previous post, I was in doubt regarding the fact of continuing or not to provide prebuilt packages. Nowadays there are more tools that help Slackware users with the installation of third-party software, compared to the past. This applies both to the installation via SlackBuild scripts and the one from prebuilt ...

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