First look: Dropline GNOME 2.14.0

Posted by salparadise on May 6, 2006 2:19 AM EDT
NewsForge; By Glem Journeay
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Dropline 2.14.0, released last month, lets you add the GNOME desktop environment to Slackware. It consists of 271 compressed package format files on a single CD. Using dropline on top of Slackware is like putting icing on a cake.

I am a mechanical engineer with more than 20 years' experience in data acquisition, automated testing, and process control. Ten years ago I decided that Linux was the best choice for a home desktop computer, and I have used it almost exclusively since then at home. There were not a wide number of distributions to pick from in 1996; the best was Slackware. I have installed and used a couple of other Linux distributions over the years, but Slackware remains my distribution of choice.

In March 2005, Pat Volkerding, Slackware's creator, decided to drop the GNOME desktop from Slackware, and suggested GNOME fans replace it with one of three projects that added the GNOME desktop to Slackware. Of the three, dropline GNOME offered the most complete GNOME desktop at that time -- the other two, Freerock GNOME and GWARE, were just getting started -- so I downloaded and installed it.

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