Originally Posted by szboardstretcher
Wait, do you mean -- installing things from Source?
Download it, type ./configure; make; make install generally. So that can't be it.
(grin) Left out "decompress it and cd to the decompressed directory in a terminal." But that's not why I clicked to post.
If you're talking about installing from source, the advice I would give is to read the README or HOWTO text files that come with the compressed file. I've installed a couple of programs that did not have a configure script--you just start with "make." No, I can't remember which ones they were; I've compiled a lot of programs from sources. And I'm hardly an expert, which shows how easy it is.
Some programs--googleearth is one, the opera browser tar.gz is another--come with an install script (file name blah-blah-blah.sh
.) Those get installed my running the script, normally as root. Type ./blah-blah-blah.sh
into the terminal window.
Sometimes the script arrives out-of-the-box without "execute" permissions. In that case, trying to run it will throw an error message and it is necessary to change the permissions using chmod
None of these are difficult, but the variety of ways of installing programs can be confusing to someone who is used to double-clicking the file and clicking to accept the defaults.