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I have a lot of questions that probably seem really stupid, but I just installed Fedora Core 1 two days ago.
1. I have a lot of files that I typed using Word Perfect on Windows XP, and I saved them to a disk. The first problem I'm having with that is I can't edit them because they are all write protected. I went back onto Windows, and went on the properties before I copied them to a disk, and I unselected Write Protection. But they still copied with right protection. How o i fix that? The other problem is they are saved as a Word Perfect document, and I can't open them on Fedora Core. On windows, I can just change the file extension. I don't know if that would work on Fedora, but even if it did, I wouldn't be able to do it because I can't rename the file because it is write protected.
2. I also copied all of my music from Wimdows Media Player onto a disc, but I can't play the files once I copy them to a folder. I cant even play the MP3 ones. How can I play them?
3. I can't figure out how to play sounds on gaim. I went in the preferences, but it won't work.
4. My hard drive is partitioned. I have Fedora Core 1 on one partition, and Windows XP Home Edition on the other. Is it possible to access the files on the Windows partition from the Linux one, or vice versa?
5. Where can I find a good C++ compiler for Linux?
As for (1), as far as I know, write protection is determined by the filesystem. So I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to copy the files from the disk they're on and use them normally; if they are still read-only after you copy them, you may need to adjust the file permissions (see this for how to do that). Sometimes, I've noticed, when files are copied from a CD-Rom disc, especially in Windows, the file permissions remain read-only (because a CD-Rom is read-only - dumb, but true).
For (4), yes it is possible to use Fat32 and NTFS (Windows) formatted disks in Linux. Check out the Filesystems HOWTO for more information.
And for (5), most Linux distributions by default come with a C++ compiler called g++. To find out if you have it installed, open up a terminal window and type 'which gcc' or 'which g++'. Unless it says 'gcc not found' or some such, you have it installed already; if not, try installing the 'development' packages from Fedora, or the 'gcc' and 'g++' packages specifically.
2. I copied the music files from the CD-ROM, but it won't let me add them to the music player. When I try to add them, it says that it is copying them on the bottom right, but then it says "0 minutes (0 songs)" when it's done adding them.
I don't know what music player it is... lol. It just says "Music Player".
I installed all the updates on the up2date program (I think that's what it's called). Should I download a better player? Which one do you recommend?
Distribution: Suse Linux 9.3 Pro Red Hat 9 (long ago)
If it looks a bit like Winamp, its XMMS. I cannot get XMMS to play mp3s, no matter how hard I try.
I downloaded the source RPMs, tar files, etc. and its says I need the Glib library. I have an older version of glib and I went to their site to get a newer one, and now it wants me to set the path variable, which I have no clue how to do.
I bought Chris Negus "Red Hat Linux 9 Bible" its seems really helpful. Thats how I learned to untar and unzip programs and install them. The only problem is that Red Hat does not have Mp3 support. That is why I tried to install a new XMMS version to get the mp3 functionality back.
Linux has quite a learning curve, but I seem to get getting the hang of it. It may take me awhile to become a guru (say 2 years) but I believe the time investment is worth it. To have knowledge of Linux is a great asset since it is used a lot in business applications.
In fact, Google runs off clustered Linux machines.
To open up the Terminal, you should be able to right-click on the desktop and it should give you an option to open it. Type "su" and then type the password of root. This will allow you to install the rpm.
Assuming you downloaded the file to your home directory, type this.
rpm -ivh xmms-mp3*.rpm
terminal window.... an ermm.... (ughhhh...) "DOS Prompt" equivalent. you will have a number of terminal emulators on your system, konsole, xterm, eterm, aterm, rxvt, gnome-terminal etc... just look in your menus
and those really are *very* basic instructions, can't really be much simpler. if there is a particular command you don't understand, just ask.