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Now I know why there are not more people using Linux. I can't even install Netscape 7. I read the readme file and do what it says and either one of two things happen.
2. I get a host error.
Is it this difficult to install software under Linux? In the read me there is a list of dependant software needed for it to run. How do I even know if I have those?
I gota tell ya, I really want to learn this OS because I am sick and tired of M$ but I can't seem to get ANYTHING done with it. All I want is a silly web browser. I can't imagine how hard it is goingt to be to get my ATI TV card to work...
Any help with this would be great. I just need to get the basics down for installing software in Mandrake 9.0. That will be a good start.
When I look at help files I see things like run this line "./netscape-install" Thats's great. Now, run it where?
Good to hear you're up and running. It is a pain when you get started, but is definitely worth it. I've only been at it for a week or so myself.
With many programs in Linux, I have found that there is always an extra step - whether it is running the program as 'root' or 'su', or unzipping and then manually copying over, or whatever. It does get easier, I assure you. Most programs do come with either a detailled readme or support - or come here for help. I unzipped the file to my home directory, the installer did the rest. Once you have the install finished you can delete the folder you created when you unzipped the tar file.
RPMs are usually point and click, but they are obviously distro and architecture specific. If the installers have the time, patience and willingness they create install files for as many distros and computers as they can, otherwise you have to compile the code yourself - both methods have their fans and I think it's down to personal preference. I too am lazy and prefer the nice easy rpms!
I was idly wondering about the second question earlier. I hope you get an answer!
You should be able to kill a program by right clicking it's task bar entry.
BTW - slightly off topic, sort of, but my DVD player in WinME (using WinDVD) ran really slowly and jerkily. Using Ogle in Mdk9 it runs perfectly. And people say that Linux is no use because it's free......
You can kill a process from the shell if the aforementioned technique doesn't work.
This will give you the running processes. You can figure out the program you're looking for under the command column (the farthest to the right on my computer). Once you've found that got to the corresponding pid column (second from the left on my computer). Then type
kill and the number of the pid you want to end.