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A short guide for beginner

Posted on 29 August 2006 by Yen-Ju Chen

This is a walk-through to have a minimal Étoilé system running. It is not a complete guide and is for people who have some knowledge of Unix, mostly programmers. I use Ubuntu/PPC 6.06.

All the dependencies can be installed through Ubuntu package manager and GNUstep can be installed by following GNUstep Build Guide. Art backend is recommended and ArtResources is already included in GNUstep.

Étoilé can be downloaded through SVN. These are the components to install:

  • etoile/Frameworks/XWindowServerKit: make; make install
  • etoile/Services/Private/Azalea: make; make install
  • etoile/Services/Private/MenuServer: make x11=yes; make install
  • etoile/Bundles/EtoileWildMenus: make; make install
  • etoile/Bundles/Camaelon: make; make install

    The default theme is etoile/Themes/Nesedah.theme and should be copied under ~/GNUstep/Library/Themes.

    Two user defaults should be added (assuming GNUstep is installed under /usr/local/):

  • defaults write NSGlobalDomain GSAppKitUserBundles '(/usr/local/GNUstep/System/Library/Bundles/Camaelon.themeEngine, /usr/local/GNUstep/System/Library/Bundles/EtoileMenus.bundle)'
  • defaults write Camaelon Theme Nesedah

    Now, the system is ready to go. Azalea is the window manager and EtoileMenuServer is the menu bar on top of the screen. To start, use 'openapp' and 'openapp' from a terminal emulator.