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1<partintro>
2<title>Introduction to Gnome</title>
3
4<para>This chapter attempts to install a complete Gnome-&gnome-version; desktop
5environment and a limited Gnome 1.4 library environment that is
6sufficient to run Gnome 1.4 applications included in this book. The
7order of the pages are meant to follow the build order defined by the
8Gnome development team as published in the <ulink
9url="http://www.gnome.org/start/&gnome-version;/notes/rninstallation.html">release notes</ulink>, with two exceptions. If a package is in the release notes build list, but not in this chapter, it has been installed elsewhere in the book.</para>
10
11<para>The installation of Gnome-&gnome-version; is a large undertaking and one we would
12like to see you complete with the least amount of stress. One
13of our first goals in this installation is to protect your previously
14installed software, especially if you are testing Gnome on your machine.
15Gnome-&gnome-version; packages utilize the --prefix= option for configure, so we will
16use that and an Environment variable (GNOME_PREFIX) to add flexibility to
17the install.</para>
18
19<para>If you know that you want Gnome as your desktop, it is recommended that
20you install with --prefix=/usr. If you are not sure that you are going
21to keep Gnome on your installation, it is recommended that you install with
22--prefix=/opt/gnome-&gnome-version;. Setting the Environment variable and the
23additional edits required by the second option are covered on the
24pre-installation page.</para>
25
26<para>If you choose the second option, removal of Gnome-2.2 is as easy as removing the edits from the pre-installation page and issue the following command:
27<screen><userinput>rm /opt/gnome-&gnome-version; -r </userinput></screen></para>
28
29<para>If your system was completely built per LFS and BLFS
30instructions, you have a very good chance of using Gnome-&gnome-version;
31after your first install. If you are a typical LFS user, you have made
32modifications to the instructions along the way knowing that you have to
33take those modifications into account on future installations. You
34should have no problems integrating Gnome-&gnome-version; into your unique setup, but
35you will have 28 to 33 packages installed before you can run Gnome
36through any testing (assuming your window manager is preinstalled and
37tested). We would anticipate that you will be rebuilding gnome at least
38once to make adjustments for your setup.</para>
39
40<para>If you are building a Gnome 1.4 desktop environment, you would
41install only those libraries in the Gnome 1.4 chapter <emphasis>and</emphasis> any dependencies listed on those pages whether labeled or not. Gnome packages without pages are simply installed with:
42<screen><userinput>./configure --prefix=/opt/gnome &amp;&amp;
43make &amp;&amp;
44make install</userinput></screen>
45These instructions are simplistic to facilitate removal of Gnome 1.4
46from BLFS systems when it is no longer necessary. These instructions
47may be refined later to comply with BLFS standards for file locations,
48specifically <filename>/opt/gnome/etc</filename> to
49<filename>/etc</filename> and <filename>/opt/gnome/var</filename> to
50<filename>/var</filename>. You should consider using the Gnome 1.4 hint
51located at <ulink url="http://hints.linuxfromscratch.org/hints"/> if you
52have no interest in Gnome-&gnome-version;.</para>
53
54<para><screen>Gnome-&gnome-version; requires:
55<xref linkend="xfree86"/>, <xref linkend="GTK2"/>, <xref linkend="libpng"/>,
56<xref linkend="libjpeg"/>, <xref linkend="libtiff"/>, <xref linkend="popt"/>
57Gnome-&gnome-version; will utilize:
58<xref linkend="libxml2"/>, <xref linkend="libxslt"/>, <xref linkend="DocBook"/>,
59<xref linkend="docbook-xsl"/> and <xref linkend="libfam"/></screen></para>
60
61</partintro>
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