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It sounds like you are using a distribution that is not based on rpm packages, like Ubuntu, Xandros, Freespire, or Debian. Or maybe Slax or Slackware. If that's the case, look into how to install packages for your distribution. Apt for the first group. I don't remember what the utility for Slackware is, but it uses tarballs as a base for it's packages.
I recommend Frostwire if you're using something Debian-based just because they have Ubuntu/Debian packages for the latest version: http://www.frostwire.com/
Limewire also has debian and RPM packages.
Hard to help the original poster w/o knowing his distro, but it does sound like he is using a debian distribution.(Ubuntu/Mepis and a few others)... What program are you trying to install, I'm sure someone can point you to either the .deb file or the source so you can compile it.
Last edited by IndyGunFreak; 12-25-2006 at 04:43 AM.
Go back to Terminal.... and cd to your desktop. If you're not sure what your home desktop directory is, right click the RPM file, and choose properties, where it says "location" is what you need to put in the cd...
ken@ken-desktop:~$ cd /home/ken/Desktop
This should create a LimeWireLinux.deb file on your desktop. Double click it to install Limewire. Thus far, its worked just as it does in Windows for me... I forgot I used alien to create the .deb file, thus the reason for the wrong info that there was a .deb file on Limewire's site.
Last edited by IndyGunFreak; 12-24-2006 at 09:19 PM.
hey there, thanks for the helpful reply
I did the following:
jos@pong:~$ cd /home/jos/Desktop
jos@pong:~/Desktop$ sudo alien LimeWireLinux.rpm
cpio: premature end of file
this allows me to click on the file but it seems to be an archive which holds 3 files
where do i go next? I can view the files inside the tar.gz but what am i supposed to do here?
thanks for the help so far because this is REALLY confusing to a newbie (i daren't say aloud that i am network administrator in our company's 100% windows network :$ )