Hi all. I've only recently gotten BT3 up and running on my system. While I still have a few housekeeping things I want to do before I start using BT3 as I did with BT2, I would much rather use Gnome than KDE. I've been looking around a tad and I haven't seen any info on installing Gnome in BackTrack in order to read up on what I need to do and to see if it's even possible however, I haven't found much info.
I learned most of my Linux on Ubuntu and I'm very used to 'sudo apt-get install'ing whatever software I need and that is how I would have installed Gnome however, BackTrack doesn't have aptitude installed. The only package manager I know of in BT is RPM, which I find very confusing. Is there anyway I can install aptitude to BackTrack? If not, how about Gnome? Any help or a point in the right direction is awesome. Thanks.
and check out pureh@te's post
I've been doing some more google searching and I've found that a guy on slax.org makes a slax module for gnome. (http://www.slax.org/modules.php?action=detail&id=435) I've installed it and all of its listed dependencies however it doesn't seem to get along with BT3 very well. Some things I've noticed after about five minutes are any attempt to open the apperence window (change background, desktop effects, etc) results in it closing immediatly after opening. Also, any thing but the main gnome main and custom menu panel items will not go on a panel. Either they keep restarting or it says they aren't anywhere to be found.
Luckily, I still have KDE and I made a backup of my system before getting into this. But anyway, if anyone has any info on what to do about this, (or even another way to install gnome) it would be awesome.
I had the exact same questions as you, and after a while I figured this out:
gnomeslackbuild.org/download/ works for me!
Also I used fast-track to install slapt-get for me