John Dietsch wrote:

On Fri, 11 Jun 2004, Greg Rundlett wrote:

rob wrote:

Rember you need all the -dev rpms if you want to compile stuff.

It would be a much much beter idea for you to install the rpm. Ditching
suse for debian would also be a good idea.

I too had literally the worst experience thus far in my Linux life trying to install GIMP 2.0 on a Fedora Core distro. Some blame may go to FC and some to the GIMP website. I do NOT know enough about installing software and administering Linux systems to accurately identify what made my experience so dreadful. However, let me point out that it just 'worked' on Windows. All I had to do was download the exe installer for GTK and GIMP, install A before B, and it was done.

On Fedora, I tried installing RPM, but had failed dependencies that I could *not* find.

The point is doesn't matter *why* it is difficult, it matters that it *is* difficult. The result is that people will not use the GIMP unless they are on Windows, or they are/have access to a Linux guru to install it.

This is like deja-vu. I recently completed a thread with the exact same scenario, only using SuSe linux 9.0. My wife downloaded Gimp 2.01 on her Dell XP laptop, and it! No problems, no configurations, no dependencies, no bulls---, it just works. I'm still screwing around trying to get it to work, but your point is 100% correct.
If this extremely common situation is not resolved for the ordinary user, it will be yet one more example showing that Linux never got beyond the Geek stage.


Chopped Here
Greg, For Fedora, you need to learn to use yum. If you installed FC from an RPM, it should already be there. Check in /etc for yum.conf . If it's not there, go to the source where you got the Fedora RPM and install yum. For the new Gimp you need to be in Fedora Core 2.
As ROOT, do an update to be sure you are current with patches.
yum -y update yum will check your system packages, for patches and dependancies, download the needed files, then run a test transaction to be sure it can succeed. Then it will do the installation. Running this on a regular basis will keep you up to date for any patches for vulnerabilities that have been found and corrected.
To install Gimp run
yum -y install gimp
I hope this helps.

John Dietsch

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