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Old 10-31-2006, 08:51 AM   #1
lpena
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How to download


Hi all

I am totally new to linux.
I am running Fedora at home and Mandriva at work
I am so tired of microsoft that I want to learn how to use linux.
I have two questions
I have the Linux for Dummies
and Linux Bible 2005 but I cant find anwsers for most of my questios. That brought me here.

First Question is:
Where can I find a really good guide for newbies?

second and most important because this one is melting my already bold head:
How do I download in Linux?
I mean in windows you just click download and most of the time "set up" or install" and that's it!
In linux Iam directed to a place where for instance I want to download KDE when I click KDE I open a hundred
files and If I clck one of those I open another hundred of files with diferent dates. How do I know which one to download.
For example how do I download and install Gzip?


I hope you guys will take it easy on me

Lp
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:15 AM   #2
linux-india
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Smile Dear Alpena

Dear

You are moving to Linux at very right time.
now dont move to Wi.... any more. just use it for playing game. not for any learning purpose.

Now answer to you first question.
There are lots of places from where you can get material to learn linux.

just tell me your convenient time, for doing chat.
i will tell you from where to start learning linux online.
KEEP ONE THING IN MIND. THAT
RIGHT NOW THE MOVEMENT WITHLINUX IS VERY DRASTICALY EVERYWHERE.
SO JUST TRY YOUR HARD TO READ MORE AND MORE ON NET.

first of all do search for learning linux on google.
you will get more than thousands good sites which make you learn it.

On which platform you are using linux?


just try to rpely. i will forward you few links for learning linux.
and will give you detail list for it.

WE CAN SEE WITH OPEN EYES.
WE CAN LISTEN WITH OPEN EARS.
WE CAN THINK WITH OPEN MIND. THEN WHY NOT USE OPEN SOURCE.

WITH WARM REGARDS,
ASHISH BAROT.

Last edited by linux-india; 11-03-2006 at 07:58 AM.
 
Old 10-31-2006, 09:18 AM   #3
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Ask The Right Question

From what I can tell, your question is not "how to download". Your question is "how to install". All major distros have a package manager. I believe Fedora's is yum. So (Fedora users, correct me if I'm wrong):
Code:
yum install gzip
Look into the distro's package manager first to acquire and install software. The advantages are:

1) Easier
2) Faster
3) Tested with your distro, so very likely to be stable

If there is a specific package or piece of software you're interested in, post that. Update your profile to include what distro(s) you're running. If you are running more than one distro, include which distro you're talking about in your question.

Read the sticky at the top, the one called "Read before posting" - another good resource is Posting And You

This is NOT meant as criticism of you or your questions. We are very interested in helping in any way we can. By learning how to ask good questions, you are more likely to get good answers.

Last edited by Dragineez; 10-31-2006 at 09:29 AM.
 
Old 10-31-2006, 10:21 AM   #4
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how to download

Thanks both of you for ur quick reply!
I have to tell you this!
I am very impressed with what I have seen so far.
Right now (At work) I brought an old Dell that was ready to go and I installed and upgrade the Fedora 6 which I dowmload from their website.
I have been reading,emailing and listening to music for almost a week with no problems at all. The funny things is I have to Dells
the one that belongs to the office almost new system running in a 815 board with a P4.2 and 512 MB of Memory. Linux is running in a P3 256 MB old Dell so everytime I have time (like now) I unplugg the monitor,keyboard,mouse etc from the P4 to the Linux. They are running with two different power cords. Everytime I plug everything into the P3 Linux is ready to run.
I have had to reboot the other one three times!!

I think I am going to love Linux but again I have so many questions.

I hope to be in the right place.

Thanks a million!
LP
 
Old 10-31-2006, 10:59 AM   #5
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CLI vs GUI

Since you are taking your very first steps in learning Linux - as am I - perhaps we can get you pointed in the right direction.

In Linux it is highly recommended (though no longer required) that you do much more work than you were previously accustomed to at the command line (Command Line Interface). Do this by clicking the icon labeled "Terminal". In there, just type the word "yum". How to use yum - or any other CLI program - is where you education begins. Try typing "man yum". This will give you the documentation (the "man pages") for that command.

If you want to stick with "point-and-click" (Graphical User Interface), click thy way to:

Fedora main menu>System Tools>More System Tools>Synaptic Package Manager

You'll notice that both methods will require you to provide the root password in order to install anything. This is the primary security advantage of Linux. Do NOT login as root, create a login account for yourself if you have not done so already.

Good luck, and have fun! - google is your friend
 
Old 10-31-2006, 11:15 AM   #6
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Installing packages

yum is used to install most of the packages that you need, if your really new there are some excellent setup instructions by stan finton at http://www.stanton-finley.net/fedora...ion_notes.html
they are for fc 5 but the newer ones i would imagine arent far behind and although i havent upgraded yet (still downloading fc6) there hasn't been any massive changes in the setup process over the last two versions. They explain how to get everything you might need to enjoy you comp. the rest of it's just about reading the wikis and asking questions, LQ ppl are some of the most helpful i've found, not that other forums arent helpful, i just like this one. By the way i'm pretty sure that synaptic has gone if your on fc5 or above but if you want a gui for yum goto the command line and as root do
yum install yumex
then you'll find it in Main>Applications>System Tools>Yum Extender
i think theres also a gnome interface for yum aswell

Last edited by Brynn; 10-31-2006 at 11:22 AM.
 
Old 10-31-2006, 09:04 PM   #7
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You might also try www.fedoraforum.org and www.fedorafaq.org
 
  


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