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Old 04-11-2007, 12:09 PM   #1
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How to download software onFedora using GUI


Dear all,
Can anyone tell me if there is any way of downloading software on to Fedora using GRAPHICS interface like in windows rather than go through the command interface and detailed codes which is rather intimidating.
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:18 PM   #2
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From the unofficial fedora faq (http://www.fedorafaq.org/#yumgui):

Q: Is there a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for yum? (Updated 25 January 2007)
A: Yes! There's one for adding new programs, and one for updating software you already have installed.

* To install new software, just open up the "Applications" menu and choose "Add/Remove Programs." That's actually just a GUI for yum.
* When your software needs updates, a little icon will appear on your top panel (usually at the top right of your screen), and Fedora will tell you that you need updates.
 
Old 04-11-2007, 01:25 PM   #3
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the codes really arent hard though, they may seem intimidating, but after you use them a few times, thy become your best friend, command line is so much more efficient than GUI for adding and removing programs
 
Old 04-11-2007, 02:25 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by wfc2023
the codes really arent hard though, they may seem intimidating, but after you use them a few times, thy become your best friend, command line is so much more efficient than GUI for adding and removing programs
I totally agree!

Count how many clicks it takes to remove a program...and pay attention to how long this process takes...

Now whats easier...all those clicks or typing: yum remove <packagename>

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Old 04-12-2007, 03:01 AM   #5
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custangro & wfc2023

There are two things many (most) people hate which is required for using CLI, they are:
1: Reading
2: Writing
Based on my experience here at LQ, most people prefer to shoot first, and ask questions at LQ later.
 
Old 04-12-2007, 06:03 AM   #6
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Quote:
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Now whats easier...all those clicks or typing: yum remove <packagename>
That's not all there is to it.

First you have to know that exact name of the package, to the letter, then you have to know what the exact (again to the letter) command to remove it is. How is one supposed to know either of these things without any prompting?

Compare this to the GUI, which can be easily launched without any prior knowledge of any commands, and one can see a list of installed packages, and that they can be removed without having to remember and reproduce every single character of their name exactly. It is also possible to search for packages, or browse packages by category. The command you listed doesn't allow any of this, and can only be used by someone with prior knowledge of what the command is.

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custangro & wfc2023

There are two things many (most) people hate which is required for using CLI, they are:
1: Reading
2: Writing
Based on my experience here at LQ, most people prefer to shoot first, and ask questions at LQ later.
You missed out the biggest step, which is researching and learning large numbers of different commands.

Compare this to a GUI, where icons have labels so that anyone looking at them can see what they do without any prior knowledge of that particular icon, and are organised in such a way that the user can easily find the icon they need without any having to be told where it is.

Without any prior knowledge of what command is needed for a particular job, or extensive prior research, a command line interface is useless.

Last edited by hand of fate; 04-12-2007 at 02:48 PM.
 
Old 04-12-2007, 06:36 AM   #7
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Yup!
I've been a target here at LQ some time back because I usually point people to the GUI method. It appears there are allot of people with lots of time on their hands to take the time to learn the power of a Unix system, the CLI. Or they are in the programming field and it is second nature to them. But even Linux operating system developers know what is required to put a Linux system in a competitive environment, GUI. In some parts of the world, it's a fast paced world and most people can't afford the time to learn CLI to the point it's second nature. So if you want to promote Linux, you have to promote GUI. Or Windows will be dominant till Armageddon.

EDIT: Once you become attached to your Linux system, CLI creeps it's way into your life.

Last edited by Junior Hacker; 04-12-2007 at 06:40 AM.
 
Old 04-12-2007, 08:57 AM   #8
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The add-remove software is working tricky ! sometimes it tell me "unable to retrieve software information", other time (after 1 min) it is working.... Strange !
 
  


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