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Linux Journal: Installing Window Maker

May 27, 2000, 11:43 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Hammel)

"The source for Window Maker can be retrieved from the primary web site at http://windowmaker.org/. You'll need two packages from this site: the source distribution and the libPropList source package. The latter package is a library used by Window Maker, which you must build and install before attempting to build Window Maker. End users probably won't refer to it much after building Window Maker, so we'll just look at getting it installed. At the time of this writing, the latest version of libPropList is 0.91 and the latest version of Window Maker is 0.61."

"In order to make use of fancy graphics, you'll need the standard set of graphics libraries: libpng, libtiff, libjpeg, libgif and libXPM. All of these are fairly standard on newer Linux distributions. If you have an older version (more than two years old), you may want to check if these libraries are installed. If not, check Freshmeat (http://freshmeat.net/) for where to find the latest versions."

"One other optional library is GNU xgettext. This library is needed only if you plan to use a language other then English, and then only if you want the messages displayed by Window Maker to be in that language. You won't need it, for example, if your root menu is in French. Internationalization is a topic all to itself, and since I have enough problems with English, I will leave it to someone better suited to its discussion."

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