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Old 07-07-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
Weatherlawyer
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A basic step too far


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After you download gaim which I believe the latest stable version is aim-0.59.8.tar.gz, most of the time it will download to your home directory by default unless you specify elsewhere.

The first thing we want to do is cd into the directory where we've downloaded it.

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$ cd ~
The command above will change you automatically to your current users home directory. There you should find your newly downloaded gaim-0.59.8.tar.gz. The next step/command involves the extraction of the files that are tarballed.
Actually, the first thing I want to do is find the "Command Prompt".
Next, I need to know what CD means. I am already assuming it is Geek for something else besides compact disc.

That will do for a start, then we can take it from there.
I am using Zorin on a Presario CQ60.

(Downloaded Opera and when I clicked on the icon to start it, Chrome opened. (Chrome being the default.))
 
Old 07-07-2012, 12:36 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums!

The first thing you must know about Linux, we do not blindly follow tutorials and how-to's from untrusted sources. You give us a quote but don't say where you got this information. Who told you to do this? Do you trust this person you quoted? Why aren't you asking this person your follow-up question?

The second thing you should know about Linux is that most distributions (like Zorin) have a "package manager" to easily install tested and trusted software. Here are instructions to do this in Zorin: http://www.zorin-os.com/packagemanagersguide.html

gaim is now called pidgin so follow the instructions above and you can easily install pidgin.

To answer your specific question, "cd" stands for "change directory" but you should never need to use the command line terminal to install applications; follow the Zorin instructions I linked to above for best results.
 
Old 07-07-2012, 05:19 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forums!

The first thing you must know about Linux, we do not blindly follow tutorials and how-to's from untrusted sources. You give us a quote but don't say where you got this information. Who told you to do this? Do you trust this person you quoted? Why aren't you asking this person your follow-up question?
Thanks for the welcome.

I got the quote from the instructions to new members here.

I would suggest that the said instructions be updated ASAP.

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The second thing you should know about Linux is that most distributions (like Zorin) have a "package manager" to easily install tested and trusted software. Here are instructions to do this in Zorin: http://www.zorin-os.com/packagemanagersguide.html
I am not used to Zorin and not that au fait with Ubuntu, though I have been using it since 10.
I went to Zorin instead of Mint after Ubuntu changed from Gnome to whatever because the shop installed it after failing to find my "3" mobile drivers.

It came with Chrome which I remembered not liking. My website is on MyOpera thus I wantd that on it. I don't think the packages at Zorin will have Opera's browser, though I confess I forgot to look.

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gaim is now called pidgin so follow the instructions above and you can easily install pidgin.
I can't remember the last time I used a messenger service -IIRC Pigin is one of those. Your "Read Me" really is out of date, IIAC.

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To answer your specific question, "cd" stands for "change directory" but you should never need to use the command line terminal to install applications; follow the Zorin instructions I linked to above for best results.
Thanks once more but I am going to need to be able to use the Command Line as virtually all help is, AFAIAA, given in instructions to the command line.
 
Old 07-07-2012, 05:24 PM   #4
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A command line is called terminal in linux
see http://www.zoringroup.com/forum/view...hp?f=10&t=1427
 
Old 07-07-2012, 06:29 PM   #5
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A command line is called terminal in linux
see http://www.zoringroup.com/forum/view...hp?f=10&t=1427
Thanks, bookmarked.
I knew I had seen it somewhere. I am using Ubuntu 11 on my desktop right now. It's the one before Unity is a must, thus my last on that. A PITA sharing the USB though I have a hub I could try.

No Gnome Terminal on the close down utility there. I gather from the link that Gnome 2 is about to be phased out. Is there a problem with Gnome 3 that I need to know about?
 
Old 07-07-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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You don't need the command line very often: it's just that a lot of people here are Slackware users (they don't have their own forum) who do have to use it. Have a look in the menu and see the various tools listed under configuration or settings or system. Try them all and see what they do.

Gnome 3 is very different to Gnome 2. Some people love it, other hate it. Some distros have modified it to make it more like Gnome 2 (Cinnamon in Linux Mint), while Gnome 2 has been renamed and relaunched as Mate. I'm not sure what ZorinOS will do.
 
  


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