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Helix GNOME: Unix For Humans
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Figure 10. The package-select dialog box.

Figure 10. The package-select dialog box.

This dialog consists of two frames. In the left frame, you select the type of package, and in the right frame you select each individual package of that particular type. For example, if you select "GNOME Office" in the left frame, you'll see all packages that are members of GNOME Office in the right frame. In this way, you can select exactly which packages you want to install and which packages you can live without. However, you can also choose the "Install Everything" option at the top of the window. This will download and install the whole Helix GNOME distribution, including all packages. I personally prefer to install everything, so that I can be sure not to miss any awesome application or utility.



Anyway, when you're done selecting packages, click the "Next" button, and the installer will start downloading them for you (as shown in Figure 11).

Figure 11.  The installer will begin downloading the selected packages.

Figure 11. The installer will begin downloading the selected packages.

Depending on your connection speed and your selected packages, this can take from a few minutes up to 4-5 hours. Anyway, the download will finish sooner or later, and then the installer will go on and install the downloaded package on your system. Figure 12 shows a screenshot of the installer during the installation of the packages.

Figure 12. The  installer at work.

Figure 12. The installer at work.

The actual installation can also take a while, especially if you choose to install all packages. However, when everything is in place, you'll see the dialog shown in Figure 13.

Figure 13. Choosing the login manager.

Figure 13. Choosing the login manager.

Here, you have two options to choose from. If you choose the one at the top, the installer will configure your system to use the GNOME login manager. With this, you will see a GNOME-like program for logging on to your system. This is both nice and cool, so you probably want to use it. If you select the bottom option, the installer will leave the current configuration as is, and you will go on using your current login manager.

A note should be made, though, that these options only apply if your system automatically starts X at startup (your system uses runlevel 5). If that is not the case (your system uses runlevel 3), these options will have no effect.

Anyway, when you've made your selection, click the "Next" button.

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