How to install Gnome in Slackware 13.x

As you know, slackware use KDE  as default desktop, for people that like to use Gnome instead of KDE, there are many projects that provide binary packages for an easy installation of GNOME in slackware, one of these projects is Gnome slackbuild Project.

“GNOME SlackBuild is unique in that it is designed to be a twofold project. Its aim is not only to provide users with binary packages for an easy installation of GNOME, but also a full GNOME Build System, with the goal of allowing individuals to customise and build their own GNOME packages for their Slackware system.”

For more Gnome projects for Slackware check :


Login to a terminal as root (in run-level 3, preferred), and run the following command:


  • For Slackware 13.1 for x86
lynx --source | bash


  • For Slackware64 13.1 for x86_64
lynx --source | bash

Wait about  20 min  until the installtion is finished.

Now always in the terminal, type  gdm to  start gnome  manager and login


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  • ifcell

    I keep using Slackware 13.0. how to install gnome on it?

  • pirat9

    First as root, open /etc/slackpkg/mirrors. Uncomment one mirror if you haven’t already. Change the directory it is supposed to look in from slackware-13.0 to slackware-13.1.

    Save it. At the command line type:

    slackpkg update
    slackpkg install-new
    slackpkg upgrade all



  • Sasa Ostrouska

    Hello, thanks for listing dropline. We have some problems with the current theme of the web page, but soon this will be solved.

    Meanwhile we also have a full build system for gnome.


  • Joe Goés

    Does not work on 13 .37

  • Tetraetila Linux

    Don’t work!

    root@aspire:/home/tetraetila# lynx –source | bash
    Downloading and installing slapt-get…

    –2013-04-09 22:37:22–
    Resolving (…
    Connecting to (||:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 301 Moved Permanently
    Location: [following]
    –2013-04-09 22:37:31–
    Resolving (…, 2001:40f8:3::2
    Connecting to (||:80… connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 404 Not Found
    2013-04-09 22:37:34 ERROR 404: Not Found.

    bash: line 84: [: d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e: unary operator expected

    slapt-get download md5’s don’t match! Exiting.