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Old 01-30-2007, 08:24 AM   #1
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undecided as to which gnome to install on my Slackware 11


Hi!
I want to try out the latest Gnome ( > 2.14 ) on my Slackware 11.0 machine. I can't seem to figure out which Gnome to install - Dropline, Freerock or gware. I want the suggestions of people who are already using these.
Besides, my /home directory has only about 140 MB of free space left but /usr has nearly 1. 7 GB left. Will it be sufficient for installing Gnome.
Any other things that I should keep in mind in installing Gnome,like issues arising out of overwritten libraries, etc.
Eagerly awaiting your suggestions,
 
Old 01-30-2007, 10:39 AM   #2
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I've tried out all three, and I have to say that Dropline GNOME is the smoothest, most complete, and also the most actively developed.
 
Old 01-30-2007, 11:52 AM   #3
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I've only use gware, and only b/c I needed some gnome libraries for a specific app (gnucash), but gware was very easy to install, and didn't replace very much of my default Slackware installation with different file versions, etc.
 
Old 01-30-2007, 12:29 PM   #4
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Dropline would certainly be the most polished but be aware that it also makes the biggest change to your Slackware system. I have used Freerock and Dropline. To get rid of Freerock was fairly easy to. To get rid of Dropline it is probably easiest to do a new reinstall of Slack. Unless Dropline just recently changed, they install PAM which Patrick V. has always frowned on, but most distros use. Search the archives here, read Patrick's comments in ./ and then decide on your own.
 
Old 01-30-2007, 03:47 PM   #5
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Dropline is the most up to date at the moment, it uses GNOME 2.16.2.

It is true that a full Dropline install makes major changes to your system, but it no longer repaces XWindows, and you can choose not to replace programs such as Gimp, Firefox and Xine with the Dropline verssions. As for PAM, Hal and Dbus, Gnome now requires them and Freerock and Gware install Hal and Dbus as well.

I used to be sceptical about Dropline Gnome, but having used the latest versions of Dropline, Freerock and GWare, I think that Dropline is, at the moment, the best GNOME for Slackware. Its certainly the only version that has stayed on my computer longer than a week This is not a dig at the developers of GWare and Freerock, just an opinion from a former Gnome hater.

Note that you can't really do a direct comparison at the moment because the most recent Freerock is Gnome 2.14.3 and GWare is Gnome 2.12.3.
 
Old 01-31-2007, 01:41 AM   #6
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I finally installed Dropline.
But now when I log into Gnome. I get the following error message -
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There was an error starting the GNOME Settings Daemon.

Some things, such as themes, sounds, or background settings may not work correctly.

The last error message was:

Process /usr/libexec/gnome-settings-daemon exited with status 127

GNOME will still try to restart the Settings Daemon next time you log in.
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I have tried to google for a solution, but I haven't been successful.
Any ideas what may be wrong?
 
Old 01-31-2007, 05:28 PM   #7
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Response here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=524334

Let me know if it helps.
 
Old 01-31-2007, 05:47 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Eternal_Newbie
Dropline is the most up to date at the moment, it uses GNOME 2.16.2.

It is true that a full Dropline install makes major changes to your system, but it no longer repaces XWindows, and you can choose not to replace programs such as Gimp, Firefox and Xine with the Dropline verssions. As for PAM, Hal and Dbus, Gnome now requires them and Freerock and Gware install Hal and Dbus as well.
Hmm... sounds like a better choice then it used to be.
 
Old 02-03-2007, 03:02 AM   #9
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I had chosen not to install Multimedia and Office packages in dropline-installer. This led to two days of having to deal with gnome-settings-daemon related errors and missing icons.

So my humble-suggestion, opt for full-install.
 
Old 02-04-2007, 11:35 AM   #10
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Hmm... sounds like a better choice then it used to be.
Honestly, I used Dropline back when it did replace the X11 packages. I got much better performance from theirs, so I think the Slackware packages have just improved enough to be on par.

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I had chosen not to install Multimedia and Office packages in dropline-installer. This led to two days of having to deal with gnome-settings-daemon related errors and missing icons.

So my humble-suggestion, opt for full-install.
Yeah, full install is best, then you can weed out packages you don't want. Unless you're really familiar with GNOME and can tell what is required from those areas and what isn't.
 
Old 02-20-2007, 12:28 AM   #11
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This is one of the same issues i was having. But since i just recently did a clean install a few days ago, im just gonna install dropline, if i have to do a clean install all over again its no big deal.
 
Old 02-24-2007, 10:09 PM   #12
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matter fact it was a big deal, shouldnt have did it. :-p
 
Old 02-25-2007, 10:19 AM   #13
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What makes you say you shouldn't have done it? Did you run into some kind of issue?
 
  


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