How do I install drivers and programs? read cd? burn cd?
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regardless of witch distro you are using you can install most things from source, witch is essayer than it sounds. to read a cd you have to mount your cdrom (as root, "#mount /mnt/cdrom"), and as ethics said, k3b is probly what you want for burning cds.
Im using debian and i know about this apt thing, but there are these tar.gz, run, rpm that is driving me crazy, im trying to install a driver for my ati radeon 9800 pro graphic card, but i dont know how to run it, and then i dont know what this xorgfree86 bla is, i mean the diffrence and what i need.
Well debian uses .deb packages which can be gotten from APT, like mentioned above you can install anything from source. tar.gz is normally the source code you compile, this is good if it isn't packaged for your distro or you need certain options when compiling. .rpm is redhat package manager for fedora, mandriva, etc.
xorg and xfree86 are different x servers (that handles your WM/DE Etc. and the graphics.) so you will need the one for whatever Debian uses (xfree86 i think), search the forums/google for how to find which you have.
Now about your particular problem.... I have a radeon 9700 and to say ATI's Linux support is lacking is being too kind :P i've never gotten it to work (you only want the drivers for 3D acceleration right? you dont need them for normal use) there are instructions with the tar.gz (usually called README or INSTALL) that walk you through it.