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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How hard can it be?
by Mike on Sun 10th Oct 2004 20:50 UTC

Here is a list of gnome packages required for a basic working installation of GNOME, taken from "Beyond Linux From Scratch 5.1". I have worked through this and there were several problems to deal with when I had...

# GTK-Doc-1.2 # libIDL-0.8.3 # ORBit2-2.10.1 # intltool-0.30 # libbonobo-2.6.0 # GConf-2.6.1 # GNOME MIME Data-2.4.1 # GNOME Virtual File System-2.6.1.1 # libgnome-2.6.1.1 # libart_lgpl-2.3.16 # libglade-2.3.6 # libgnomecanvas-2.6.1.1 # libbonoboui-2.6.0 # GNOME Icon Theme-1.2.1 # gnome-keyring-0.2.1 # libgnomeui-2.6.1.1 # GTK Engines-2.2.0 # GNOME Themes-2.6.1 # ScrollKeeper-0.3.14 # GNOME Desktop-2.6.1 # libwnck-2.6.1 # GNOME Panel-2.6.1 # GNOME Session-2.6.1 # VTE-0.11.10 # GNOME Terminal-2.6.1 # libgtop-2.6.0 # GAIL-1.6.3 # GStreamer-0.8.1 # gst-plugins-0.8.1 # GNOME Applets-2.6.0 # libgsf-1.8.2 # libcroco-0.5.1 # librsvg-2.6.5 # EEL-2.6.1 # Nautilus-2.6.1 # Control Center-2.6.1

And they have to be installed in order. This was 2.6. Most packages needed extra config arguments to make them conform to the FHS.

True, some of those packages are used by other programs but at least half are things no-one would install if they didn't want the GNOME desktop. Thumbs up for modularity but compare with the KDE equivalent:

# aRts-1.2.2 # kdelibs-3.2.2 # kdebase-3.2.2

Be kind to package maintainers.

(btw, I use fluxbox - tabbed windows trumps everything)