Volune in KDE and other minor issues

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Fri Oct 13 20:57:59 BST 2006

On 13/10/06, Scott <geekboy at angrykeyboarder.com> wrote:
> ", "Tez spake thusy);:
> > Matthew Kuiken wrote:
> > Well it's not seen as something that the "average" user is going to
> > need, as you use the package manager to install most things. But
> > build-essential is one of the 1st things I install right after an install.
> I beg to differ.
> It's especially important to KDE users.  Since KDE decided to make
> themes overly difficult to install having build-essential is a must
> since so many themes need to be compiled from source.
> I've been using Linux on and off since 1999 an not until this past year
> had I ever compiled a package from source.  I finally decided to learn
> it because I got tired of denying myself software that wasn't available
> in package format (.deb now and .rpm previously).
> I don't know squat about programming or writing software. But I have
> found (as an average user) the need to compile software from source.

I couldn't agree more. Building from source is still the most basic
and interoperable method of installing software. There's no reason
that any distro should be without the tools to do such.

By the way, here's an ugly but useful guide to building from source:

Dotan Cohen


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