A bit of an update - might be useful to someone.
I managed to get ipw2200 wireless working, but not with the wifi-radar app that comes with the distro. I put the version 3.0 ipw2200 firmware in /lib/firmware and wifi-radar could see both my network and those of my neighbours, but although I could put a WPA passkey in, it wouldn't connect. So instead I used this howto
and I'm posting from Zenwalk wirelessly now. I put the 'wpa-supplicant..' and 'dhcpcd..' start lines in /etc/rc.d/rc.local and now the thing connects at bootup without me having to do anything else.
And the connection is solid. I was downloading something this morning, there was a sudden hailstorm, a very bright flash outside and a nearly-immediate loud crack of thunder. The lights on the router all went out and the download stopped.
Fortunately I have surge protectors in the right places. Anyway, after a little while, the lights on the router came on one by one as it re-established an adsl connection and then the laptop reconnected to the router without me having to do anything at all.
I doubt whether network manager in Ubuntu or Fedora would have managed that and I'm damned sure that Windows would have made a song and dance about it.
, thanks once again for that link. I got nano from it. I also found joe, a similar basic editor, in the Zenwalk repository. There's also a nice gtk-based (I think) editor called geany that comes with Zenwalk. I hadn't come across it before but I haven't yet found out how to open it from a terminal, if that's possible, so I haven't been able to do any root editing of system files with it.
I've also managed to get the Sony Vaio Fn keys working - which pleases me no end. Vaio laptop screens are incredibly bright and need to be dimmed in use, but the Fn keys use Windows software drivers. Fortunately, there are GPL Linux ones floating around and by experimenting with a mish-mash of howtos for Ubuntu and Fedora, and learning a bit about where Slackware puts various files in the process, I got the job done.
- about the wireless. The howto says glibly, 'wpa-supplicant is required,' but wpa-supplicant doesn't come with the default installation. And for some reason Zenwalk doesn't recognise my wired ethernet connection. Still haven't solved that. So I couldn't connect to the internet to download a package I needed to connect to the internet. Catch 22