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I have an old Pentium 233 MHz system that I'm using to write to this very list. The system base OS is RedHat 7.2. The CD-ROM drive no longer works, so I can't really upgrade the OS through normal means. When I initially installed RedHat 7.2 I made the horrible mistake of only installing the user OS (so I'm missing most of the *-devel rpms). Too late to kick myself now. Then I actually started to use this system more often (I have Linux computers at work that I administer through this one). So, Pentium 233 is PAINFULLY slow using Gnome or KDE (which I prefer on my P4 at work).
I compiled fluxbox and have Mozilla Firebird running - and the system isn't horrible - it's running about as well as it used to run Windows 98SE2 (back two years ago)...
Currently, to compile the latest GAIM - I've had to chase down this stuff (I'm not done yet either).
Blows up requiring glib-2
ftp.gtk.org - glib-2.2.3
Blows up requiring pkgconfig
Blows up requiring GetText
<<GNU MIRROR>>/gettext 0.12.1
Blows up requring glib (still)... damn - libglib-1.2 still in /usr/lib (ahhh - library hell)
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I have fluxbox and the gnome user apps that came with RedHat 7.2 - and I'm starting to compile other tools. Is there a listing of "the most common libraries needed by source packages" that I should go and get? And more importantly - how to install them so that other packages will be able to find them without major collisions.
( Note that I post my frustration without insulting the O.S.)