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Old 12-30-2004, 02:54 PM   #1
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Question 3 mandrake questions


1.how do i get programs to run, Ive downloaded some games but the only file extensions i see are .c .h and so on. doesn't linux have .exe?

2.is it possible to skin linux, how do i do it?

3.how can i check how much hard disc space Ive got left?
 
Old 12-30-2004, 03:05 PM   #2
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.c and .h are usually source code files, although linux doesn't rely on filenames and such extentions to determine how a file is used. You'll almost certainly have to compile those into an executable file to run that game. See if the website has info about binary download sources. Which games btw?

Linux is the kernel, and while you can theme your bootsplash screen I think you'd be more interested in theming your desktop environment and window manager. Probably KDE if you're using Mandrake 10.1 default settings.

KDE should have a nice little app for displaying usage of all your drives and partitions, check the System->Monitoring menu. Or using Konqueror, right click in / or /mnt/hd*.
 
Old 12-30-2004, 04:44 PM   #3
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Re: 3 mandrake questions

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Originally posted by dude123
1.how do i get programs to run, Ive downloaded some games but the only file extensions i see are .c .h and so on. doesn't linux have .exe?
When you unpack the game archive there's usually README or INSTALL file with installation instructions. Read it, but the most common way is to run the sollowing sequence of commands:
Code:
./configure
make
su (then root password when asked)
make install
configure configures everything (and checks which needed libraries etc you don't have), make compiles the program and make install installs it. su is needed to become root, as only root can write in many directories.

Note: you need a compiler (gcc) for this to work. To make as littre trouble as possible install all gcc* and g++* packages plus all with -devel in their name (it can take very much space, but then everything should compile without complaining).

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2.is it possible to skin linux, how do i do it?
Yes, it is. You can skin probably everything. To get themes, icon sets etc visit www.kde-look.org

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3.how can i check how much hard disc space Ive got left?
As addition, you can also run 'df' from command line.
 
Old 12-30-2004, 10:17 PM   #4
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Cool

thanks guys, really helpful.



quote:"Which games btw?"

Space Racer ,LinCity and a few others from tucows.com


quote:"Yes, it is. You can skin probably everything. To get themes, icon sets etc visit www.kde-look.org"

rite now im on GNOME, is it possible to skin it too and is there a website, or do i have to switch to KDE and how do i do that without reinstaling the OS.
 
Old 12-30-2004, 11:06 PM   #5
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http://www.gnome-look.org
 
Old 12-30-2004, 11:10 PM   #6
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Thank you
 
Old 12-31-2004, 12:02 AM   #7
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My pleasure - Happy to help, and
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