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I consider myself a bit of a pro with Windows, but just recently ive installed Linux (newbie here!) in a dual-boot environment with Windows XP.
I have Three issues which I would not have a clue how to fix.
Im using Mandrake Linux 10.0 Download edition.
1) Since updating from 9.2 to 10 some applications have taken to themselves to close themselves. For example, Kmail. It opens up fine. Sometimes i can use it for abouit three seconds, but then as i click, the application closes, no error messages, no nothing.
2) I have an American Power Conversion (APC) Back-UPS CS 500. Linux does not appear to recognise it. I would like it to be recognised, and be able to get it to work.
3) As I am a complete newbie with Linux, i am still grasping how to install RPMS properly.
As far as i can tell, i need to
a) become root user with SU
b) give the rpm some sort of executable permissions
c) use RPM +i blahblah.rpm
There is probably a great link on the web somewhere, if anyone knows, point me there and i should be fine.
In relation to questions 2 and 3, I did go to the APC site and try to download the Linux shutdown software. It didnt seem to install. But it might have, im just used to pretty little menu items and system tray icons to show itś there.
is it safe to open a konsole window as a non root user and then SU to super user, and perform an RPM install?
KDE originally popped up a message saying it was not safe to do so (on first use of that environment), and gave words to the effect that I should be logged in as root at a command prompt, saying its dangerous to do anything in the GUI.
Any help with my other problems would be greatly appreciated.