general installation help
ok i have a question. thats why i'm here.
when i install something either with tarballs or by running a binary like for java virtual machine (i dont know how to tell whether one is for plugins and one is for standalone apps or if there is a difference in any way) does the machine automatically install all the separate parts into the proper dirs of /usr/lib /usr/bin or whatever applies, or do i need to be working with the files already in a certain dir? i can't see java things on my web browser despite having installed it (i think) so i wonder if its in the right directory.
here is what i think... this is somewhat unrelated.
in windows, it was like this.
>>program-- and all the files are sorted by program
whereas in linux if it is not a program intimately connected to booting, the separate running files would go into their respective folders in /usr. is this a correct assumption?