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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Not Surprising
by Richi on Sun 10th Oct 2004 23:57 UTC

I recall a previous thread where people were complaining that Gnome was too difficult to compile. Then someone (presumably pro-Gnome) mentioned that end-users weren't even supposed to compile things so making Gnome easy to compile wasn't an issue. Well ... now that the distros themselves are talking of dropping Gnome due to difficulty compiling and maintaining it, that argument doesn't seem to hold as much water.

Slack was my first distro. It was very simple and I was very resistant to moving to RedHat. I thought RedHat added unnecessary complexities. However, after using RH and following the Fedora releases, I've come to realize that the other features, though they made things a bit more complex, are actually better off because of the carefully chosen complexity.

That said, things should be kept as simple as possible without sacrificing functionality. Perhaps a splinter faction could check out to see if the Gnome packages can be made simpler to compile by unifying the procedure.

To be honest, though, I compiled Gnome 2.4 from scratch using tar.gz sources and everything was pretty much straightforward "./configure --prefix=/usr && make && make install". I didn't bother to try "make DESTDIR=<dir> install", but I assume it should all work.