With the KDE3.1 release looming, 4 Nov, I'm getting ready to wipe my Debian
system and re-install everything from source.
I'm starting from the linuxfromscratch.org documents, adding some general
tools and utilities from the BLFS docs, and adding KDE3.1 and it's
requirements. At the moment my list of sources is 471 lines long, so I won't
include it, but here is a general breakdown of what I've included.
LFS includes the absolute minimum for building a Linux system, including gcc,
kernel, bash, perl, and all the other minimum requirements.
I've added tcsh, since I've found several packages need a C shell.
There is bc ,which, grub and pciutils, just because.
ncftp, wget, tcpwrappers, xinetd, lynx for network stuff.
XFree864.2.1 and xig's Accelerated X, since my card is not accelerated in
KDE3.1.0 and all it's extras, including KOffice
OpenOffice and j2sdk for M$ compatibility.
db-4.0.14, gdbm and MySQL for databases. db is required for OpenOffice.
alsa, aRts, lame, vorbis, cdparanoia, xmms for my music and other sound
openssl, openssh, linux_pam, sasl, heimdal and cracklib for security.
sane and xsane for my SCSI scanner.
imagemagick for graphic files.
LyX, tetex etc for text processing.
RoseGarden for creating MIDI files.
POV-Ray and KPovModeler
mplayer, ogle and xine for DVD's and mpegs.
Cups, espgs and a2ps for printing.
insight gbd, a tcl/tk debugger, which includes it's own version of tcl/tk.
And, of course, there is a long list of required libs and tools to support
Since I started this, I've tried to watch what I've used on a regular basis
on my system to get a complete list of gotta have software. I've got a kind
soul who'll download this list for me and put it on CD's to save me the
My question is, does anyone know of any other 'gotta have' packages I've not
listed above? I know Gimp is missing, but GTK+ is currently undergoing a big
upgrade to 2.0 and the requirements are not very stable at the moment, so
I've avoided anything that depends on gtk+2 for now.
I've already written one review of Linux From Scratch for the site, but I'll
be documenting this process as I go.
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