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stf92 07-22-2010 07:48 AM

Gnome and Slackware.
 
Linux kernel 2.6, Slackware 12.0

Hi:
I am browsing the package list for Slackware 13.1, accessible through Slackware.com>Get Slack, and I see the package containing the Gnome desktop enviroment nowhere in the list. Should I conclude Gnome isn't part of the Slackware distributions? Thanks in advance.

pwc101 07-22-2010 07:56 AM

Yes, that is what you should conclude :)

Third party Slackware Gnome packages are available from a number of projects, including, but not limited to:Edit: It seems gware.org don't have a 13.0 or 13.1 version of Gnome available.

slackd 07-22-2010 07:58 AM

Gnome is no longer a part of Slackware.

If you prefer GNOME, there are teams online producing GNOME
for Slackware. Here are a few places to look:

http://gnomeslackbuild.org
http://www.droplinegnome.net/
http://www.gware.org/

stf92 07-22-2010 08:09 AM

Thanks. "Gnome is no longer a part of Slackware". This is in accordance with what I read in an post by an LQ member (dated 2004): "you'll find gnome in disc 2 of your slackware 9.1 distro". But then, if I could get slack 9.1 (or 9.0) I would have the official slackware release.

Good bye.

dugan 07-22-2010 09:07 AM

There's also GSlacky (go to www.slacky.eu and click on "GSlacky").

hitest 07-22-2010 12:01 PM

As previously mentioned Gnome is not a part of Slackware. I would strongly recommend gnomeslackbuild, it is an excellent version of Gnome for Slackware. I've used GSB; it does not replace many standard Slackware files.

http://gnomeslackbuild.org/

stf92 07-22-2010 01:26 PM

I do not very well know how to say this after so many posts received. My primary purpose was (and is) to get rid of KDE and use something else in its stead. Gnome was the first desktop environment (DE) I used when I discovered linux. Now, gnome not being part of the slack distros I must fall back on software not officially approved by Slackware. Although I know slackbuilds is currently kind of an official slack repository and its name appears in the slack page I made up my mind not to use gnome (and certainly not KDE).

I will try the DE I have in my 12.0 discs besides KDE: xfce. It'll be a relief for my machine, because the other two are real resource-eating monsters. Regards.

rmjohnso 07-22-2010 01:39 PM

I don't run or even install KDE. I run everything in XFCE, and I don't have any problems.

Cheesesteak 07-22-2010 01:41 PM

Slackware is maintained by a small group of people, and it's Pat's decision alone as to what gets included in a release. Pat made the decision a few versions ago to remove GNOME, as it became a real bear to build and maintain. He has said that third-party GNOME packages, such as GSB and Dropline, offered a more complete desktop than what was included in official Slackware releases anyhow.

Although GNOME isn't officially supported by Pat and the crew, you can get help here since the GSB guys are active in this forum, as well as other GSB users.

dugan 07-22-2010 01:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cheesesteak (Post 4042153)
Although GNOME isn't officially supported by Pat and the crew, you can get help here since the GSB guys are active in this forum, as well as other GSB users.

That's true, but you'll certainly get better help on their user mailing list.

Stf92, if your goal is a fast and light desktop, try just OpenBox combined with Tint2. Or LXDE. Both are faster and lighter than Xfce, which is in turn faster and lighter than both GNOME and KDE.

stf92 07-22-2010 02:27 PM

@rmjohnso: I'm glad to know it. And I will begin to study the doc needed to set it running. Regards.

@Cheesesteak: thank you for letting me know something about Slack's inner things.
Quote:

...GNOME, as it became a real bear to build and maintain.
I beg you to explain to me --my knowledge of English is poor-- the meaning of "bear" in this context. I really would like to know.

@dugan: I'll try them. Although speed and lightness necessarily come at the expense of some other things.

Independently of which is the desktop environment I shall use at present, I think I have here enough information to make a good decision in the near future. Thanks a lot for your kind replies.

EDIT: rereading, I now think the word bear here is self-explanatory.

damgar 07-22-2010 07:25 PM

I run GSB-2.26 on my laptop with 13 and one of my desktops is GSB-2.30 on 13.1. For my laptop I just omitted the KDE packages which will still install fluxbox and XFCE, then I used the GSB net-install to get GSB going. It's very well documented and works great.

stf92 07-22-2010 07:53 PM

Thanks. If by documentation we understand the GUI help system, I find KDE very poorly documented. It almost seems as if they were taking one's leg.
But I lack the reference of having used other desktop environments.

damgar 07-22-2010 07:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stf92 (Post 4042453)
Thanks. If by documentation we understand the GUI help system, I find KDE very poorly documented. It almost seems as if they were taking one's leg.
But I lack the reference of having used other desktop environments.

I was really referring to the website and the documentation there. I really don't think I've ever even looked at the help menus.

pwc101 07-23-2010 04:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stf92 (Post 4042453)
I would be much obliged to you if you point out my mistakes in English.

With that in mind...
Quote:

Originally Posted by stf92 (Post 4042453)
It almost seems as if they were taking one's leg.

I think you may have meant "pulling one's leg".


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