Gnome 2.6 in the current branch? (+Questions about Dropline)
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Gnome 2.6 in the 'current' branch? (+Questions about Dropline)
When can we expect to see Gnome 2.6 in the current branch? I don't really feel like compiling all these gazillion of MB's on my old P3.
Also, what exactly is the difference between the "real" Gnome 2.6 and Dropline Gnome? It's supposed to be a Slack-optimized Gnome, but what does that mean? And can the installer just upgrade my default Slack 9.1 Gnome to Dropline Gnome 2.6? I also heard some complaints about Dropline being slower than the real Gnome, so I am a bit reluctant to install it.
Yes, dropline will upgrade your Gnome to Gnome 2.6, and also a LOT of other packages. It will also substitude a couple of packages for other (for example XFree86 4.x for X.org). There is a way I don't remember right now to tell the installer which packages you don't want "upgraded" if thats the case. About slack-optimized, it is just compiled for i686 instead of i486. I hope it gives you an idea.
I do not run dropline but have in the past. The concerns about it are not with speed. It should run as fast or faster than the Slack stock version. The concerns are listed above, security and ease of removal. It adds PAM to your system ( or used to anyway) which Pat V. feels is too insecure to include. Most other distros use it however. It changes lots of config files. It has an uninstall but those config files are still overwritten. You almost have to reinstall Slack to get rid of every last vestige of it.
Thanks for the answers. Still, any idea when Gnome 2.6 will be in the 'current' branch? I'm new to Slack and don't know how stuff like this is managed, and how long something like this takes. (But since KDE 3.2.2 is already available in current it seems a bit odd that Gnome 2.6 isn't.)
You are right, KDE was in really guick when it jumped. Pat V. will only put it in when he is satisfied that the current release is stable. As long as 2.6 has been out, one can only assume that he thinks it is not yet ready for primetime service.