Originally posted by Kryptow
Ok let me ask you guys this though some people use their own prefix for the files is this necessary or can i use the configure command without any changes then make and make install? After repeating this process over and over again and i have made all the files there is still no change in the start up of gnome login.
Prefixes are useful, because you can have many versions of the same program installed (like my kde3.0.3 and 3.1beta) in one system and it's easier to uninstall a program that has its own directory (usually you can just delete it, without searching for its libraries). But if it's not important for you, configure without a prefix is OK.
Your new GNOME is not in your boot menu (if you're using a graphical login). To test your new installation, you can chache your default runlevel to 3 (in /etc/inittab, line 'id:x:initdefault', where x is your default runlevel, for X at boot it's 5), reboot, log in in the text mode, create file .xinitrc in your home directory, write 'gnome-session' inside, save the file and run startx.