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Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2005 07:26:45 +0400
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: unofficial packages for Owl


I've put out a bunch of unofficial RPMs for Owl.  These are available
under /pub/Owl/current/unofficial on the FTP mirrors.  The total size
is around 270 MB.

Please refer to the README (also available in that FTP directory) for
the most current information on what's available and for installation

Currently, included are unofficial rebuilds of some Fedora Rawhide
packages (as of 2005/03/31) with minor tweaks to avoid undesired
dependencies (such as on Kerberos):

- X11 6.8.2, Blackbox, WindowMaker, Firefox 1.02;
- GTK 2 and other X and graphics libraries;
- Python, tcl, tk, tix;
- various small packages.

Also included are 1.9.87 packages (genuine off an
official mirror) that are known to install and work on
Owl-current with the Fedora packages already installed.

I have to admit that these are quick and dirty rebuilds, nothing more.
Many corrections which should have been included in the packages are
left to be made manually after package installation.  You'd have to
edit /etc/pam.d/xserver as explained in Owl/doc/REDHAT, configure
window managers' menus to match whatever packages are actually
available, etc.

Please note that Owl is intended for use on servers only.  Its use on
a workstation will likely only make sense for Owl developers and
contributors who might want to test cutting-edge Owl updates on their
immediate computers.  For this reason, there're no workstation-specific
packages included in Owl itself and these unofficial rebuilds of
Fedora packages are totally unsupported by the Openwall team.  In
particular, please do not expect security updates and such.

Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
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