Things were going fine until the part of compiling gtk+ 2.4.7. When running the configure script I ended up getting the following:
checking for freetype config...no
configure: error: Pango 1.2.0 and Xft backend is required for x11 target
I have Mandrake Linux 8.1, glib 2.4.7, pango 1.4.0 and atk 1.0.1
If I install pango 1.2.0, then I will get the error message stating that pango 1.4.0 is required.