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Old 07-04-2005, 03:34 PM   #1
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slackware-current and GNOME users (GSB-FRG problems)

I'm curious as I have been recently trying the GNOME releases to see how they are. I run slackware current and have been trying both GSB-FRG and GWARE.

GWARE (2.10.1) seems to integrate much nicer into slackware-current without breaking anything and replacing less slackware packages; but it does not nearly have the amount of extra packages that GSB-FRG had requiring me to compile programs on my own that I liked from FRG.

GSB-FRG (2.10.0) on the other hand seems to be based on rather odd package requirements. When using the latest packages on current many library links were missing. It is built for Slackware-10.1 but requires (IIRC) Mozilla 1.7.6 but Slackware-10.1 only comes with Mozilla 1.7.5. Upon other problems the help program for GNOME programs would fail to load due to incorrect Mozilla versions.

So those of you who run GNOME and current, any tips on what you do?
Old 07-04-2005, 10:13 PM   #2
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I have also tried both and come to exact same conclusions as you. I would prefer to use GWARE since it integrates better and is easier to uninstall. Unfortunately, its development is not quite as active as FRG and, as you said, there are not as many packages built.

So, I've been using FRG, but I don't know if I'm as crazy about it. It has lots of extras, but the one time I tried to uninstall it I couldn't do it. It reminds me just a tad of dropline. It's not nearly as intrusive, of course, since it doesn't add PAM and doesn't install different xorg packages like dropline, but it does not seem to be as detachable as GWARE does.

It would be great if these guys could merge their time and talents and create a straightforward GNOME with as few changes to slack as possible a la GWARE with an /extras or something with all the bells and whistles that are in FRG

I look forward to seeing what others have to say about all this.
Old 07-05-2005, 03:55 AM   #3
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Mozilla-1.7.7/8 is in current I believe. That should solve some problems you've mentioned.

I've only tried Dropline so I can't comment on the 2 versions of Gnome your talking about. If your looking for a straight up Vanilla Gnome, the Linuce packages work great on Slackware. Thats about as close as your going to come to a traditional Slack Gnome. Actually, I prefer a 'no frills' Gnome. Thats the main reason why I use it because it's straight forward with no eye candy fluff like another WM out there...

If your used to the way Gnome has been on Slack in the past then you should check out Linuce's build.... It comes with some extra themes and such but for the most part is just like Pat used to build... Only better.

There is a link for the 2.10.1 packages at the top of that page.


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