Introduction to Gnome This chapter attempts to install a complete Gnome2 desktop environment and a limited Gnome 1.4 library environment that is sufficient to run Gnome 1.4 applications included in this book. The order of the pages are meant to follow the build order defined by the Gnome2 development team as published in the release notes. While we have been successful in building Gnome2 from these instructions, we have also experienced several oddities in compiling and running these applications. If these are build issues, watch for adjustments to the instructions as we better understand this product. If you don't need the Gnome 1.4 library environment, you may skip pages that are headed (Gnome 1.4). If you are building a Gnome 1.4 desktop environment, you would install those labeled pages and any dependancies listed on those pages whether labeled or not. Gnome packages without pages are simply installed with: ./configure --prefix=/opt/gnome && make && make install These instructions are simplistic to facilitate removal of Gnome 1.4 from BLFS systems when it is no longer necessary. These instructions may be refined later to comply with BLFS standards for file locations, specifically /opt/gnome/etc to /etc and /opt/gnome/var to /var. You should consider using the Gnome 1.4 hint located at if you have no interest in Gnome2.