Living in a linux desktop
So I’m getting along fairly well with my Netbook and while I understand that I’m not going to find ready made binaries and happy little plugins for everything I would like. I’m also remembering what a pain some things can be when installing from source.
My latest adventure has been installing Pidgin’s OTR plugin. I thought this would be an easy thing to ese me back into the the realm. So… yeah, ummmmm… it still isn’t installed and I decided to reformat my netbook. I’m still fairly new to “apt”, which by the way is a really nice package manager, and I installed quite a few things that just, well… I didn’t need them and I hate haveing all these extraneous bits lying around. So since it doesn’t take that long I reformatted the netbook and started over again.
This time instead of using apt-get for some of the stuff I just went to the site and got the source direct. I found that I didn’t have 2 packages I needed when I tried to compile GLib, pkg-config and . I did apt-get them. Then I tried to compile GTK+…. yeah…. now I remember why I don’t like dependencies.
So pixman begat cairo, which begat a whole butt-load of other crap…. I might get the plugin installed by next Tuesday. /me sighs