A look at Helix GNOME
an IRC program, you would prefer to run kIrc in KDE rather than BitchX or
ircII. GNOME has been the preferred desktop environment for many Linux users
primarily because of its high speed and responsiveness (and partly for its
complete GPL license).
Helix GNOME is a polished distribution of the GNOME desktop provided as a
service to the GNOME user community. It includes stable, up-to-date versions
of powerful software with an integrated, attractive interface. Helix GNOME is
designed to simplify the task of installing a fully featured version of GNOME
on your favorite Unix system.
The Helix GNOME installer sets an example of how installation of software can
be made simple. In most cases all that you need to type in a terminal window
to install Helix GNOME is,
# lynx -source http://go-gnome.com/ | sh
Surprised? Once the setup starts, the installation process is interactive and
the only thing that takes up time is waiting for the download to finish! You
can select from an array of business, entertainment, development and system
software to go with the base package. The installer makes sure that the entire
process is transparent, so that the next time you load up your XWindows
system, you can start using the GNOME system. The GNOME desktop environment
can hardly be faulted and even rivals the Windows interface.
The base Helix GNOME package contains an impressive array of software. Here is
a brief overview of some of some of the applications that are installed or can
be installed during the setup process.
* GXedit: A multi-function text editor that can be used both as a C/C++
development editor, HTML creation tool, e-mail/newsreader and as text
management software. In other words, it's a notepad on steroids.
* gEdit: A small and light weight text editor.
* Glade: Glade is a Gtk+/GNOME user interface builder. It enables rapid
prototyping and creation of application user interfaces.
* Calendar: A personal calendar and schedule manager.
* GHex: A binary file editor that can be used to hex edit files.
* GnomeCard: An electronic business card manager.
* GTimeTracker: Another time management tool that can intelligently identify
time spent on a project.
* gNotepad+: A full featured text editor with font control and styles.
* Gnumeric: Microsoft Excel has new competition in the form of the Gnumeric