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Thats what I mean do I right click on something? I am confused, sorry this seems like a I am retard I am probally making this harder than it needs to be, and its probally really simple. But make it step by step? Please, wel sorry for the lameness.
My questions is how do i open up the command line or terminal?
Actually, easier than logging off is to change to another console. Hold the Control and the Alt keys and press F1 (actually any of the function keys up to 6). You will be presented with a Shell log in prompt. Log in and go from there.
To get back to your GUI desktop, Alt-F7.
If you want to log off your GUI and end up at a shell prompt, get to another console and log on as root. Then type:
This will reboot your computer to a shell prompt instead of starting your GUI desktop.
To shutdown from a shell prompt, as root, type:
shutdown -h now
I think you'll find, though, just switching between consoles is easier.
You'll soon need to learn some command line usage to install some of the programs you want from tarballs (tar.gz) but for now you said you've got RH8, so plug in your install CD and locate the LICQ RPM. You should have a package manager in your control panel, this will help you to install the file.
You don't need to install from source like you are trying to do, simply open up your package manager, locate the package (packages for you will end in .rpm) to be installed from the CD, and install it.