HumBo - Post-installation

Congratulations are in order if you have completed this guide and successfully installed a fully working, fully operational, and fully updated, Linux system running Slackware ARM on a HummingBoard!

What you can do now

So, you have a fully working and updated Slackware ARM Linux system running on a HummingBoard. The possibilities are now endless. You have the tools and means to do whatever you like with it. Use it as a desktop, play Internet radio/movies/clips, play Minecraft, create a webserver, build an inexpensive ntp server, or an IRC server, or simply use it as one of the easiest and most fun ways of learning Linux. Whatever you use your HummingBoard for, it's going to be very stable and reliable running Slackware ARM. You can be certain of that.

Now would be a good time to advise you to start Googling towards an education in Slackware Linux, if you have not already undertaken such a task, or planned one. There's an untold amount of help and assistance on the Internet for Slackware, including websites, videos, blogs, forums, ebooks, and much more!

FatDog says ... A great way to start learning Slackware is by reading the Slackware Linux Book (online). There's a huge community of Slackers over at where you will find a dedicated forum for Slackware ARM containing all sorts of useful information and helpful advice.

Creating a user account

The first thing you should do after completing installation and updating of your Slackware ARM system is to create a user account. You need to do this because you should never work as root on your system unless you really need to. So for the purpose of every day use you can create a user account, of any name, and give it a password, and each time you log in you should use this account and not root.

To add a user account use the 'adduser' command followed by the username you want to assign it. Like this:

root@humbox:~# adduser <name>

Example: adduser dave

Go through the account creation setup and create a new user account. From now on, always use this newly created username and password for logging in and only use root when it's absolutely necessary. You can break things very easily with the root user and this is why it should never be used as a normal user account on any Linux box.

How do I become 'root' user when logged in as a normal user?

Type 'su -' at the command prompt while logged in as a normal user. You will be prompted for the 'root' user password.

dave@humbox:~$ su -

You're now logged in as 'root'.

How do I change my keyboard layout?

See this keymaps list for supported keyboard layouts and select one which suits your own keyboard configuration. For example, if you want to change your keyboard map to a United Kingdom (UK) layout, you would type the following as 'root' user on the command line:

root@humbox:~# /usr/bin/loadkeys

How do I get from being 'root' to a normal user?

Type 'su - <username>' at the command prompt while logged in as 'root'. The username must already exist on the system. You will NOT be prompted for a username password.

root@humbox:~# su - dave

You're now logged in as 'dave'.

How do I load my desktop?

Type the 'startx' command at the command prompt (and don't forget to attach a USB mouse):

dave@humbox:~$ startx

How do I browse the Internet from the command prompt?

There's a program called 'links' which is a text-based browser. To run it, type the following at the command prompt:

dave@humbox:~$ links

How do I set the correct time/date using a NTP server?

You have to be 'root' and use the 'ntpdate' command followed by a NTP server address. The following commands should work for you:

dave@humbox:~$ su -
root@humbox:~# ntpdate

How do I safely shutdown my HummingBoard running Slackware ARM?

Type the following as 'root' user on the command line and wait for the green ACT LED to stop flashing before turning off the power:

root@humbox:~# shutdown -h now

Or you can also use this command:

root@humbox:~# init 0

Where can I learn more about Slackware?

The Slackware Documentation Project is a *MUST_READ* for anyone using Slackware Linux.

A great gathering place and knowledge base for Slackers is at

Some well recommended reading for new and old users alike...

The Revised Slackware Book Project

FatDog says ... We hope you have found this HumBo installer guide beneficial and useful. Have fun with Slackware ARM on the HummingBoard!

All the best,

FatDog HumBo Team

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