Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software
User Name
Linux - Software This forum is for Software issues.
Having a problem installing a new program? Want to know which application is best for the job? Post your question in this forum.


  Search this Thread
Old 02-09-2006, 07:43 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Philadelphia
Distribution: Arch
Posts: 26

Rep: Reputation: 15
i want to start developing some stuff

hey everyone,

this is a random thread but i couldn't find anything on the web too easily. and i figured you guys would know the best. i have been using linux for 2 years now...and i am tired of just customizing my desktop look all the time. i want to start developing some stuff, whether it be graphically like a theme or icon set, and even as much as a new little program that i can use. i am using gnome right now with the xfce windowm manager, so i would like to learn how to develop something in those two areas. can anyone direct me in what to look at or somewhere to get started?

Old 02-09-2006, 07:59 AM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Sweden
Distribution: Debian
Posts: 3,032

Rep: Reputation: 58
You might want to take up programming. It's fun and rewarding (and it can prove a good source of income as well).

The Gnome Developers' site has a lot of good content regarding programming Gnome, including the programming guidelines, but if you are new to programming it might be a tad steep. Creating your own themes - like GTK themes (application interface themes in Gnome) - is a lot easier to get started with. Check out for some examples.

And if you want to get started with a good programming language to get real stuff done (rather than moving around bits in memory...), look into Python. There are several good free books on getting started with Python programming, most notably Dive into Python and my choice, A byte of Python.

Old 02-09-2006, 08:17 AM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: May 2004
Location: Australia
Distribution: Gentoo
Posts: 3,544
Blog Entries: 4

Rep: Reputation: 57
Python + (PyGTK + Glade) = Easy GUI apps

Python has a syntax that can take a little getting used to but once you've got it it's not too hard and there are modules for Python to do anything. It's a good first step, good enough that I don't really want to leave it
Old 02-09-2006, 08:50 AM   #4
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Philadelphia
Distribution: Arch
Posts: 26

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
thanks to you both guys. this really helps. i will definately get back to you two if i have any questions. and if you have any other ideas or suggestions feel free to post them. thanks again


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Starting developing on Linux jpkeisala Programming 3 06-27-2005 12:41 AM
When installing new stuff in suse 9.1, do you uninstall old stuff first? randon SUSE / openSUSE 1 12-25-2004 04:37 PM
Need help in developing a script ostech Linux - General 2 04-22-2004 09:24 AM
getting stuff to start up on user login Calum Linux - Software 2 04-15-2003 07:44 AM
where to start developing software on linux subhasis_ray Linux - General 2 02-11-2002 08:46 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Software

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:44 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration