AfterStep Supported by a Couple of Distros

Geoff Burling (
Thu, 10 Apr 2003 22:04:59 -0700 (PDT)

I've had access to some idle computers at work this week, so I've
been installing various distributions of Linux on them, & am happy
to report there are two overlooked distributions that include AS.
(So fooey on Red Hat for droping AS!)

1. Actually, this is a no-brainer, but Linux from Scratch works
quite nicely with 1.8.11. Once you compile, install, & configure
the latest release of XFree86 successfully, you can do the same with
AS. (Just select another terminal program like xterm -- or aterm --
for handle the help pages. You can do this with the command
``./configure --with-helpcommand=aterm -e man".)

You can even get AS to work without compiling the jpeg-6b libraries
first, as I discovered by accident; but with the jpeg-6b libraries,
you can make AS a lot prettier.

2. Gentoo Linux. Looking thru the *.ebuild files in /usr/portage,
I was pleasantly surprised to find an *.ebuild script for AfterStep
dated 13 February 2003. There are about half a dozen names in the
Changelog for this script -- none of which I recognize -- & changes
supporting Gentoo Linux on Sparc, so it looks like there is a group'
of AS users out there whom we didn't know existed.

I guess AfterStep needs more PR devoted to it so that everyone can
enjoy its strengths.


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