Posted in Computers on Monday 22nd March 2004 at 11:07pm

Over the weekend I assisted a fellow #lemming to build GNOME via jhbuild. In fact, very little assistance was needed - aside from a few quirks which seem to relate to different packages being built with a variety of autotools setups, which are soon fixed.

Perhaps the most impressive bit came later, when after experiencing some strangeness, he ditched his .gconf and .gnome2 directories, switching effectively to a 'default' GNOME 2.6 installation. The defaults made sense, and were experienced as an improvement over the existing set-up.

While much bilge has been talked about the reduction in options exposed immediately to the user in GNOME 2.x, this just goes to show - sane defaults are the key. Here's to a leaner, meaner set of preferences in 2.8....



I've had a home on the web for more years than I care to remember, and a few kind souls persuade me it's worth persisting with keeping it updated. This current incarnation of the site is centred around the blog posts which began back in 1999 as 'the daylog' and continued through my travels and tribulations during the following years.

I don't get out and about nearly as much these days, but I do try to record significant events and trips for posterity. You may also have arrived here by following the trail to my former music blog Songs Heard On Fast Trains. That content is preserved here too.

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