Geekspeak: May 7, 2001

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2001-05-07 Print this article Print

Ximian Enables No-Sweat Installation of GNOME 1.4

After struggling through hours of compiling code and sorting through recursive dependencies to get GNOME 1.4 up and running for my review of the Linux desktop environment in the April 23 issue of eWeek, I recommended that users hold off on installing the new interface until Ximian released its own GNOME distribution.

Well, Ximian GNOME 1.4 has shipped, and, thanks to its simple graphical installer and setup applications, Ximian GNOME 1.4 is certainly the easiest way to get up and running with a new Linux desktop environment.

In addition, Ximians Red Carpet 1.0 software update tool will help users keep on top of software updates while fielding dependency issues with relative transparency.

The Ximian GNOME installer application is downloadable for free from

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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