So, being bored out of my mind, I grabbed an ISO from Slackware and set off on a VirtualBox install. This was my first time installing any distro without a GUI installer to hold my hand and configure everything for me, so I was pretty nervous. Luckily, I got through the installation ok, and even got the desktop, Slackpkg going, and ran my first update without issue. I must say the documentation on Slackware was very good, maybe not Arch wiki level of detail but good.
Anyhow, I configured my user outside of the desktop and got ready for my first experience. I logged in. A strange desktop appeared in front of my face and claimed to be KDE. Having only come to Linux in 2018, I first thought this was some kind of imposter desktop, only to suddenly realize I was staring at the mythical KDE 4 that all the KDE gurus raved about. Being a history major, I was amused at this and I decided to explore it. That’s when I realized that I had made a mistake in my install, as upon hovering the mouse over the applications bar, a massive menu of available apps graced my screen, blocking out Firefox and my YouTube music video.
Upon further review of my steps, I discovered that during install, I had ticked the box titled “KDE desktop and all relevant software (9GB).” Needless to say I spent a fair amount of time removing stuff. I am still new to this distro but I look forward to more crazy things and fun! Yes I am that bored.