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I have heard that there are some cases in which you should not. However, to install apps like Electric Eyes and grip, I needed the gnome-libs package, which is not included with Slack 9. I installed the package from the Slack 8.1 mirrors, and it worked fine. So, I guess my question is, what is it that you want to install from Slack 8?
i was just looking at some of the packages placed on the linuxmafia.org recently and i saw some packages still without an available slack 9 version... only 7, 8 and 8.1...
i was actually wondering if i could download the same and install them on my computer (slack 9)....
but in line with your statement..
i wanted to install gnucash (recent version) on my slack 9 but unfortunately it is based on an earlier version of gnome and not gnome 2... what can i do to install it? should i get the libraries of gnome from slack 8.1???
Well, do you know what libraries you need? If gnucash is based on the Gnome 1.4 stuff, then you may need the gnome-libs-126.96.36.199 package from Slack 8.1. You can install that using installpkg (as root of course).