Catherine, GnuCash actually does this on my system, too. But with patience, I see the splash screen and the loading messages. In my experience, GnuCash ran much faster under Linux than it does under OS X, not sure why that is. Also, something to note is that I recently grabbed the new binary installer, 0.8.0, and installed it on my PowerBook. I installed GnuCash, noticing that it now favors binary installs, by default, and that all the packaged needed to run GnuCash were available. So even if your hand built version doesn’t work, presently, that may also be an option, to move your /sw directory and install a fresh copy of 0.8.0.