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Howdy yall, I just got rid of XP for several different reasons. I installed RH 9 and I just can't seem to get started. I can't figure out how to install any software at all. Rpm's or tarball. Keep in mind that i have no knowledge of linux at all. Do I enter rpms through the terminal or do I use something else? Unfortunately I have found no one in my area that knows anything about linux. I tried finding books at the local library, but all they have pertains to windows. Are there any step by step how to's" available on the net? I can't afford to buy anything at the moment so it has to be free. I would really like to figure this system out. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The only hardware that I was't able to instal was my linksys wireless card. I have 2 computers networked (mine is a laptop). Linksys tech support says linux is not supported. but I have the tar ball driver that is suppsed to work for it. I have not had any luck so far with it. Still can get my software to install yet.
I think I will have to build a kernel for my linksys driver. For now i think I will just stick with trying to figure out rpms and tar ball for now.
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
what's the model of the linksys card. what are you're network specs (hardware, os's, config, ..etc) harware and configuration specs? you will find that posting more spec's will get you more hits. i'm pretty green myself, but i like to try and help if i can.
Remember they get extracted to the current working directory.
This will untar and unzip the file and create a sub directory with the name of the filename - cd into there and then look for the readme or install file that will have installation instructions, often consisting of:
ok, I tried to install a wine rpm. Now what does this mean?
[jackass@localhost jackass]$ rpm -Uvh /home/jackass/RPMfiles/wine-20030508-1rh9winehq.i386.rpm
error: cannot get exclusive lock on /var/lib/rpm/Packages
error: cannot open Packages index using db3 - Operation not permitted (1)
error: cannot open Packages database in /var/lib/rpm