Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 10th Oct 2004 05:47 UTC, submitted by Andrew
Slackware, Slax This is a message from Patrick Volkerding in regards to his thoughts on Gnome and Slackware. It was originally posted on the Dropline Gnome Forum. Editor's note: Pat has made similar comments to me as well regarding Gnome's bugs and maintainance problems.
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Good idea...
by Anonymous on Sun 10th Oct 2004 10:26 UTC

He wants to drop Gnome because it's creating a lot of additional and unnecessary work for him. That's perfectly understandable. Gnome is difficult to build, and the build procedure is becoming more and more complex with each release. He said that a third of his work on Slackware is Gnome related, either trying to build the latest version, or bugfixing the thing.

Compare that with KDE. You just install QT, which is the most difficult bit, then build the main KDE packages by doing a simple "./configure && make && make install", passing a couple of path paramaters to the configure script if you want. As long as you have the required libraries, it works fine. All the required libraries (and optional ones) are listed on the KDE website, so you can easily build it from scratch. That's important for distribution maintainers.

If he wants to drop KDE, that's fine. That's what Dropline is for. There's no reason you can't just have the Slackware base system on the first disc, KDE on the second, and Dropline Gmome on a third.

If it reduces Pat's workload, and lets him get on with other important stuff, it's a good idea. He shouldn't need to waste his time on Gnome packages when people can just use Dropline.