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I'm running a fresh install of Slackware 9.1. I uninstalled the original XFCE 3.99 package provided by Slackware, and installed the newest XFCE package I could find for Slackware. However, whenever it starts, it complains that the panel has crashed and asks to restart it. However, it continues in an endless loop. For now, I have to stick with GNOME(even good old KDE has betrayed me by suddenly crashing on startup without good reason; but let's focus on the real problem of XFCE here...).
I had that same problem with xfce 3.99 on slack 9.1. This morning I decided to upgrade to slack current, which I got the latest xfce and kernel 2.4.24, plus many other upgrades, and xfce is working good know, using it right now.
Thanks, guys. I realised I didn't have libiconv installed, so I installed it per the instructions on the download page, but it still crashes. Looks like I'll have to compile from source. *crosses fingers*
Compiling from source is the way to go, I want to make a habit of doing things that way. But John, just to let you know I used swaret (swaret.org) to do my upgrading, works good it get's the dependencies and everything. Works just like urpmi, actually seems to work even better.