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Helix GNOME: Unix For Humans
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You will now see what's shown in Figure 14.

Figure 14. Completion of the installation.

Figure 14. Completion of the installation.

Ahh! Aren't those sweet words? The installation is complete, and you're ready to start using Helix GNOME! So, click the "Close" button. But, what? What is this? Another window? See Figure 15 for a screenshot.

Figure 15. Decide whether or not to remove the installation files.

Figure 15. Decide whether or not to remove the installation files.

Okay, the installer obviously wants to know if you want it to delete the installation files or not. Well, this is up to you. However, it can be a good idea to save them some place safe, so you don't have to download them again if something unexpected happens. So, I recommend that you click "No," and then move the /tmp/helix-install directory to wherever you store that kind of files.

Launching Helix GNOME

Now, to launch Helix GNOME, simply restart X. All the Helix GNOME components will now start and together form your new, brilliant desktop. See Figure 16 for a screenshot of how the desktop looks the first time it's started.

Figure 16.  The resulting Helix GNOME desktop.

Figure 16. The resulting Helix GNOME desktop.

Looks great, doesn't it?

Summary

In this article, we started out by learning what desktops, GNOME, and Helix actually are. And, with this knowledge in hand, we downloaded and installed the Helix GNOME desktop. This was done using the Helix GNOME install program, which actually saved us a lot of work, compared to a manual installation. In the last step, you also started your Helix GNOME desktop for the first time, and hopefully your first view was positive.

In my next article, you'll get to know your new desktop and learn how to use and take advantage of it. Once you get to know it, GNOME is actually very useful, and it will hopefully make your Linux/Unix life easier.


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