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right first post and its because i am being a complete plank and newbie to linux.
i have installed unbuntu and mandriver onto 2 seperate pc's one at home (unbuntu) and one at work (mandriver) both see the internet and have a version of firefox onboard.
ok so far, but i try and install some addins and i need the latest version of firefox, so i download it and the file manager extracts it, and i can see all the files, but when i try to run any file, nothing, not a jot, absolute zero.
so my question is, what am i doing wrong, its the same on 2 machines different distros, so it must be me and my evil windows ways, of wanting to double click on stuff to make it work.
anyone have any idea as to what i am doing wrong? and where i can see or do a simple run through to get up to speed on the basics of linux, i have bought 2 books, but i am struggling to get time to go through them.
any ideas? please i want to be a linux person as well as windows, honest i do!
Distribution: Ubuntu, Debian, Various using VMWare
When you download Firefox from mozilla.com, you should get a file in tar.gz format.
Open up a terminal, change to the directory that you saved the tar file (It is probably your home directory). Use the following command to unzip the tar file:
tar -xzvf filename.tar.gz
where filename is whatever the file is called.
Change to the directory that has been created (cd firefox), and type
Firefox should open.
If you want to install Firefox for all users on your system, move the firefox directory to /usr/local (mv ~/firefox /usr/local assuming that the firefox directory is in your home directory. Then (as root, or sudo on Ubuntu) run:
Basically, under linux, the package management system does everything for you.
You don't have to go google & download stuff by hand. Your distro knows where to find software. You may have to tell it some additional places once in a while for some exotic software but you do that once. After, you just use the package management system to download & install.
If you don't use a package management system, it means you have to compile everything by hand.