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First look: Dropline GNOME 2.14.0

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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.

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.

The software's dropline-installer script functions much like the Slackware installer, but installing dropline is much easier than installing Slackware because all of the low-level configuration required during the Slackware install is behind you.

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