Linked by Steve Husted on Mon 12th Apr 2004 09:30 UTC
Slackware, Slax This is an article about my experiences with Slackware 9.1, a distribution of Linux that I find enjoyable, along with programs that I find useful and enjoyable.
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re: two things the author mentioned
by Anonymous on Mon 12th Apr 2004 15:21 UTC

...a script that finds your dependencies, does all the downloading from the Torrent, does extraction (tar -jxvf packagename.tar.bz2) and then installation (./configure && make && make install). The source, once extracted, would have a file listing dependencies (or, better yet, there should be a way for a script to probe the source files to determine dependencies).

This is almost an exact description of the OneBase OLM installation process. Installing KDE, *from source*, compiled exactly for *my* machine is done by this command:

olm -s kde

And that's it! Of course, it is taking a really long time, because the computer is fetching each needed package from source, compiling it, and then moving to the next one. I could have used the binary command, and been up and running immediately, but I wanted to see what all the hoopla was about running a source-based distro was about.

I found myself really taking to XFCE, and I would probably use it exclusively for a while if I could have icons on my desktop.
Actually, adding desktop icons to XFCE isn't difficult at all. VECTOR Linux does this by using two programs: the DFM package, which adds the desktop icons themselves, and a customized XFCE package called xfbackground instead of xfdesktop so that the DFM packages work correctly. Not difficult at all to set up. Check the VL forums at for more information.