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First off, yes, I'm a complete newb at running SuSE (or any Linux for that matter), hence I'm in this forum... so please bear with me, and please try to explain whatever answers you give me completely, cause I probably won't know too much about what you're talking about..
I've just set up SuSE 9.2 Pro fairly simply. I decided to install and use Firefox because I simply don't find the Konqueror browser to be as good. I downloaded the .tar.gz file from the Mozilla site, untarred it, and installed the rpm under my file:/home/**myusernamehere**/bin/ path just fine. If I open up the path in the Konqueror file management system (or whatever you want to call it) and click on the firefox shell script, firefox opens and runs just fine, BUT if i copy and paste the shell script onto the desktop, it won't open. I've tried copying and/or moving the firefox and run-mozilla.sh shell scripts as well as copying/moving the firefox-bin and mozilla-xremote-client executables onto the desktop, but none of them work. Am I supposed to edit them to point to the path or something? Thanks for the help in advance.
Right click on the desktop and near the top of the menu choose Create New> File> Link to Application. Then click the Application tab and click browse to navigate to the firefox script inside the firefox folder
Right click on the desktop, click on 'Create New' => 'File' => 'Link to Application'. Then in the dialog box that pops up go to the 'Application' tab and in the line that says 'Command' put the full path to the script.
Btw, is there any reason you didn't just use YaST to install Firefox as opposed to compiling from source?
Well, for me personally, I find Yast/YOU/whatever its proper term is to be more confusing and convaluted then just using the included installer.
Example of what I'm talking about/my next question ,
I tried using Yast to install WINE, but it didn't work. When I opened the WINE rpm from the file manager and clicked on the "Install package with YaST", a new window pops open, but nothing happens, is there any way to fix this or can I just install the rpm another way?
Try this (I can't promise it will work). Become root with su. Change /path/to/wine for the real path and package name (I find it easiest to just drag and drop it into the open terminal and let the terminal fill in the details)
I tried to use your suggestion but I just got a *WHOLE LOT* of all this:
file /usr/lib/wine/wsock32.dll.so from install of wine-20050211-1.1 conflicts with file from package wine-20040813-7.1
I tried using this technique for installing GAim (as well as using YaST - with identical problem's for YaST as trying the WINE installation). When I tried using the console to install the rpm for GAim I got these messages:
warning: /home/kalanari/gaim-1.1.4-0.src.rpm: V3 DSA signature : NOKEY, key ID 4c292fcc
warning: user mark does not exist - using root
warning: group mark does not exist - using root
warning: user mark does not exist - using root
Well the gaim ones look ok. Warnings are not so bad, but that's a source rpm. That will only be of any use to you if you want to compile Gaim from the source.
But the Wine situation doesn't look good. I don't know enough about rpm or wine to know how to fix it