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Normally, if it is asking you where to install something to, it will give you a default place. What themes are you trying to install - there should also be specific instructions wherever you got them from.
If you are installing programs, try apt-get. There is also a program called synaptic. This will download and install programs for you, and take care of dependancies.
I was trying to install a theme called "Smokey Blue" When I click on install a dialog box pops up and say "location" I'm guessing it wants to know where to install it. What and how do I type in the location of a folder .....say the "temp" folder?
Like I said I very new at this, only one week, so run line commands and stuff are greek to me.
If its a gnome theme, run the gnome theme manager and choose the "install theme" option. You need to keep the theme as a tarbal and the gnome theme manager will extract it into the right directory. To do it manually, extract the tarball and compy the extracted directory to ~/.themes.
It's a compressed file containing the file(s) needed to install and run the 'thing' you want to 'do', such as adding a theme to your window manager.
Translated from Windows-ese, it's similar to, but not exactly like a .zip/.exe file...the difference being that *Nix is more command line focused, more hands on, so you actually do the decompression and untarring to where you want the file, rather than as decreed by Microsoft, and there's the added step of compiling for your system. This is difficult on newbies, empowering later on...
(Respectfully, "what is a tarball" entered into www.google.com/linux brings up your answer faster and cleaner than anyone can type it out here.)
I always download everything to " desktop ".
It is an old habit I got into using Microsoft's XP operating system.
I would download to desktop and then scan the download with all of my virus and spyware programs to make sure the download was clean before putting into my computer files. I did this because once the program is into your computer, any infection within the download also enters your computer.
Plus if you always download to " desktop " you can put the file in all sorts of places by clicking " copy to " on your right mouse button.