Running the go-gnome script
After selecting your Unix/Linux distribution, you come to a page (shown in Figure 3) that tells you it's time to start the go-gnome script. This is a neat little shell script (a program that executes various shell commands) that will launch the best installation method for your system.
Figure 3. Starting the go-gnome script.
Just as the web page describes, you must open a terminal window to start
go-gnome. If you're not already logged in as root (the superuser on your system), you also need to use the
su command to "become" root. That's described very well on the current web page.
After you have made sure you are logged in as root, you need to use the text-based web browser
lynx to download the
go-gnome script and then pass it along to your shell (which will execute it for you). The exact command you need to issue is shown on the web page. Enter this command in your terminal window, and then press Enter.
After a little while (depending on the speed of your Internet connection), the
go-gnome script will be executed on your system and will present some text in your terminal window. This is also shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4. Starting the
Now, just hit Enter to continue, and
go-gnome will show some further information (as shown in Figure 5).
Figure 5. Continuing with the go-gnome script.
As you see,
go-gnome now asks you which site you want to download the Helix GNOME installation program from. You have three options, and you should choose the one geographically closest to you. However, all three are located in the U.S, and if you're not from the American continent (like yours truly), your best choice is probably the Helix Code main site (option 1). So, enter either
3, depending on your preferred download site, and then press Enter.
go-gnome now starts to download the Helix GNOME installation program. This is about 2 Mb in size, so if you're on a slow connection, it can take about 10 minutes. However,
go-gnome shows you updated information about the current download state all the time, so it's easy to see how much is left of the download.