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i instaled linux resently and it looked realy cool. it still dose. but i get very confused when i have to install some apps. looked for help and there are all these commands and it is realy confusing. i dont even know where to write those commands. wher can i find some real beginners hand book or link. i am losing fate here...linux fate i mean
apps i want to install:
fx flash or other
Firstly, which distro (or "make") of Linux are you using? The reason I'm asking is that some distros have really helpful and user friendly methods of installing software.
As far as useful books for beginners, try looking on Amazon for your distro's "Bible". I have the Debian Bible and the Fedora Bible, both of which are newbie-friendly.
In my humble opinion, the most accessible distros for beginners are Fedora and SuSE. In particular, SuSE is especially easy due to its YAST, which can be used to install and remove software, amongst other things, and it's all do-able from a GUI, rather than typing in loads of arcane commands.
The commands are typed into something known as the shell. Look for something that says Konsole if you're running the KDE desktop, which is my preferred GUI desktop environment. The other main one is Gnome. On many distros the shell has an icon represented by what looks like a monitor screen.
Finally, don't forget "saint" Google. Try searching for something like "linux tar newbie" but without the quotes. Tar is the command line utility associated with installing software.
The two links in my signature are great resources for finding information.
you write the commands in a terminal such as Konsole or gnome-terminal or xterm
or if you are running straight CLI.... well I guess I wouldn't have to tell you then....
Installation documentation is usually fairly straight forward when it's packaged with the program you're trying to install (One way compiling from source was WAY easier for me when I first moved to Linux.... I had no clue what an .rpm was, but I knew how to read a text file named README)
Last edited by truthfatal; 04-02-2006 at 05:43 AM.
Reason: added "for me"
The first thing to do is to get comfortable with where things are. Try different programs that came with the distribution (distro) which you installed. Use the file manager to explore the file system and start to get the feel of where things are kept.
Learn the basics of entering commands in the terminal. (You will find this in your menus--called "terminal", "console", or somthing like that.) While it is possible to a lot in the GUI, you will soon discover that MANY things are easier using typed commands.
For installing software, first get to know your package manager.
As others have said, tell us which Linux you are using so we can give more specific advice.
sorry every one i forgot to mention the sistem i am running. its suse 9.1.
it has yast and terminal. ill look for the bible now and let you know how i go.
one more thing is i have root and 4 more users on pc but that part i undrstand ok. like if i want to instal the app for everyone i do it in root or i could do it just for one user. ill go read now
No one is denying it: Linux can be a pain when you are new at it. But stick to it, and in time, you will feel comfortable with it and start to realize its benefits.
www.tldp.org is an excellent resource. You should read through of all of its extensive resources and documentation. If you still get stuck, post here all we will try our best to help you out. Remember to always supply the appropriate information when you have a problem.
Also, Google is a great resource. Simply submit your error message(s) as the quary and you're bound to get helpful results.
For Bittorrent there are a number of choices. I use azureus.
msn messenger? Use a linux equivalent. Google "linux equivalents windows"
Some windows apps can be run with "wine". dvd shrink is one app many users are running this way. IMO doing things this way should be the last resort, but many users love wine.
k9copy is supposed to be quite a good dvdshrink type application. It cant do all the whizz band features of dvdshrink but its does the essentials. I havet got a dvd writer so I havent had chance to proerly hasve a look but apparently it will shrink the dvd and also carry out the burning and thing sjust like dvdshrink does if you have nero installed
Also, it's important to not be afraid to just try things. I learn alot just by starting to look around, and try to figure out how to use commands. Sure, I have had to reinstall a couple(about 5 or 6) times because of mistakes, but that's what backups are for .