Gnome.org has the guide to installing Gnome 1.4.1. "The GNOME Installation Guide was written to help unfamiliar users install a
stable GNOME system that includes more than the default applications. It
teaches readers how to compile GNOME on their own instead of installing
precompiled packages. It also covers installation of extra GNOME programs,
both those hosted by the GNOME project and those which are no."
September 24, 2001