Adding  X  to  BasicLinux  

To install X, you need five files from Slackware 3.5:   bin, cfg, fnts, lib and vg16.   You will find these files in /slakware/x1.   You should use the pkg command to install the files:

pkg  x332bin.tgz
pkg  x332cfg.tgz
pkg  x332fnts.tgz
pkg  x332lib.tgz
pkg  x332vg16.tgz

This will take about 12mb of HD space and run X using a primitive window manager (twm).   Before going any further, you should experiment with X to make sure it is working properly.   For example, try executing (in an xterm) one or more of the following:   xcalc, xclock or xeyes.

The next step is to install a better window manager.   Download the icewm package (132kb) here.   You will also need to install the xpm package from Slackware 3.5.   It is in the /slakware/x1 directory.

pkg  xpm.tgz
pkg  icewm.tgz

Icewm should now be running. Click on the penguin to see the menu.

xfreecell is a clone of the solitare game popularized by Windows 95.   A version compiled for BasicLinux is available here.

pkg  xfreecell.tgz

Execute Freecell from the icewm menu.

You need a 486dx33 with 12meg RAM (or better) to run Netscape.   The Linux version of Netscape 3.04 is compatible with BasicLinux.   It is a 2mb download from the Netscape site.   You will find it under 3.04 English > Netscape Navigator > Unix > x86 Linux ELF.

The Netscape .tgz is not a Slackware-type package.   You have to install it manually.   Do not use the pkg command.

cd /usr/local/netscape
untar netscape archive in this directory

Execute Netscape from the icewm menu.

Netscape and other X applications are quite memory hungry.   If you have 16mb RAM or less, you should create a 32mb swap partition.   If you have more RAM than this, make the swap partition the same size as your RAM.   A swap partition is created using fdisk and mkswap.   It is activated by executing swapon or by listing it in /etc/fstab (where it is automatically activated at startup).