Installing GNOME On PCLinuxOS 2007
Author: Falko Timme
Last edited 09/28/2007
The default desktop environment on PCLinuxOS 2007 is KDE, and during the installation you have no choice to install another desktop environment. This guide shows how you can install GNOME from the PCLinuxOS 2007 KDE desktop.
I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!
Click on the Synaptic icon to start the Synaptic Package Manager:
Type in the root password:
After Synaptic has started, click on the Search button and search for gnome:
Now select the following packages for installation:
- gnome* (meaning all packages that start with gnome)
If one of the selected packages has some dependencies, accept these dependencies by clicking on Mark:
After you've selected all of the above packages, search for libgtk+2.0_0 and select Mark for Upgrade for the package libgtk+2.0_0. If Mark for Upgrade is greyed out, this means that you already have the newest version installed.
If you don't upgrade libgtk+2.0_0 to the newest version, it's possible that /usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon won't be able to start because of an error like this:
/usr/lib/gnome-settings-daemon: undefined symbol: g_once_init_enter_impl
After you've selected all packages, click on the Apply button:
Confirm your selection by clicking on the Apply button again:
Afterwards, the packages are being downloaded and installed:
Afterwards, close Synaptic and log out of your current desktop session (End Current Session):
Now on the login screen, click on Sessions (in the lower left corner) and select GNOME from the menu, then type in your username and password and log in (please note that the system remembers which desktop environment your were using the last time, so if you want to use KDE again the next time, you'd have to select KDE from the Sessions menu; if you'd like to stay with GNOME, you don't have to select GNOME again).
GNOME starts. This is how the GNOME splash screen looks on PCLinuxOS 2007:
And finally, this is your PCLinuxOS 2007 GNOME desktop: