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Long live Slackware Linux on it's 20th year! No other currently maintained Linux distribution is older than that. Viva la revolucion! Viva la Slackware Linux! 🙂

Here was Patrick Volkerding's post to the comp.os.linux newsgroup 20 years ago at July 12, 1993, 1:53:15 AM, Philippine Standard Time. It announced the birth of Slackware Linux.

From: [email protected] (Patrick J. Volkerding)
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux
Subject: Want an SLS like .99pl11A system?
Date: 11 Jul 1993 17:53:15 GMT
Organization: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (USA)
Lines: 41
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
Reply-To: [email protected] (Patrick J. Volkerding)

Well, that's good, because I put one together. It does not yet have
XFree-86 1.3, but give me about 2 days and it will. This is not like
the MCC release, rather, it is a big system, even more bloated than
SLS :^)

Currently it has all of the same features as SLS 1.02, with these

1. The newest FAQ
2. Simplified installation procedure.
3. Kernel level .99 pl 11 Alpha.
4. libs and includes at 4.4.1, (without the limits.h problem)
5. GCC at 2.4.3 (may be 2.4.5 soon)
6. Net-2 TCP/IP preconfigured for loopback.
7. Public domain ksh and tcsh 6.04.
8. command line JPEG utilities.

On the X side, XV 3.00 has been added.

Now here's the deal: there are 13 disks in the 'A' series (same as SLS
A, B, and C) and 10 in the X series. I don't have any way to offer this
system publicly. If I tried to put it up on our 3b2 it would kill it.

This system has been used among my associates here since we put the
first one together back at pl8. Our original goal was just to debug the
SLS releases, but those have been slowing down and we happened to get a
jump on things.

I'd like to hear from you if this package sounds appealing. If demand is
not too strong, I may test releasing it on the 3b2 here.

If you have an archive site for it, LET ME KNOW! I'll set you up with a
copy of it to put up for FTP.

Take care,

Patrick Volkerding
[email protected]
[email protected]

My Slackware64 14.0 installation in my computer includes everything under the following disk sets: A, AP, D, K, KDE, L, N, TCL, X, XAP, and XFCE. I also use the XFCE window manager.

1] Turn on Canon MP287.
2] Boot Slackware64 14.0 in your computer.
3] Make sure "/etc/rc.d/rc.cups" has executable permissions. Specifically, make sure it has 755 permissions. Also, make sure it is owned by "root:root". If not, apply the permissions and ownership, and then execute an "/etc/rc.d/rc.cups restart".
4] Login as a normal user in Slackware64 14.0
5] Enter "startx" in the command line.
6] Attach the Canon MP287 to your computer via USB.
7] In XFCE, click the "Applications Menu." Then click "Settings." Lastly, click "Printing."
8] If "Connect" under the "Printing" window appears, click it. Otherwise, proceed to step 10.
9] When you see the "Connect to CUPS server" dialog, just click "Connect."
10] Click "Add" under the "Printing" window.
11] In the "Authentication" window, use your root user credentials.
12] Under "Devices", choose the option with the "Canon MP280" text. Then click "Forward".
13] Under "Choose Driver", the defaults will work. The "Select printer from database" radio button should be selected. And "Canon (recommended)" should be selected under "Makes". Click "Forward".
14] Under "Models", the default "PIXMA MP280 (recommended)" should be selected. And under drivers, the default "Canon PIXMA MP280 - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.9 [en] (recommended)" should be selected. Click "Forward".
15] You may assign your own values under "Describe Printer". Under here, I just keep the default "Printer Name", "Description", and "Location (optional)". Click "Apply".
16] You will be asked to print a test page. You may do so if you desire.

To make the scanner work after the printer setup described above:
1] Download scangearmp-mp280series-1.60-1-rpm.tar.gz. I got this from the official Canon support site for Singapore. Unfortunately, I can't find a SANE driver for the scanner of the Canon MP287. Thus, I've only succeeded scanning using the proprietary software in scangearmp-mp280series-1.60-1-rpm.tar.gz.
2] "su -" or login as root.
3] Change directory to where scangearmp-mp280series-1.60-1-rpm.tar.gz is located.
4] "tar xzpf scangearmp-mp280series-1.60-1-rpm.tar.gz"
5] "cd scangearmp-mp280series-1.60-1-rpm/packages"
6] "rpm -Uvh --nodeps *.x86_64.rpm"
7] Logout as root, and be a normal user.
8] Under the X Window System, issue a "scangearmp" as a regular user in a shell.
9] You may proceed to scan. You will have to execute "scangearmp" as described in the previous step every time you need to scan.

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