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Old 03-06-2011, 02:50 PM   #1
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How to install additional software in Linux?


Bonjour,

Il est vrai que je suis nouveau sur Linux.
mais une question n' arrête de venir `a l' esprit:
Pourquoi c' est si compliqué d' installer un logiciel sur Linux ??

merci `a l' avance
 
Old 03-06-2011, 02:53 PM   #2
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Please post in English as per the LQ rules.

As for your specific question, it's not complicated to install software under Linux, it's just different to how you would do it under Windows. You just need to learn about the package management system for your distribution. Ubuntu has good documentation, so read it. If there's something specific you're having problems with, tell us what it is.
 
Old 03-06-2011, 03:02 PM   #3
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Hi Nylex,

It is true that I'm new to Linux.
but a question is always coming to my mind:
Why is it so complicated to install software on Linux?

thank you in advance
 
Old 03-06-2011, 03:03 PM   #4
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Hi Nylex,

It is true that I'm new to Linux.
but a question is always coming to my mind:
Why is it so complicated to install software on Linux?

thank you in advance
You could have just edited your post. In any case, I did already respond to your question, so see above..
 
Old 03-07-2011, 01:41 PM   #5
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SIcan,

Please edit your post & its title to conform to the LQ "English only" rule.

Thanks for your co-operation.
 
Old 03-07-2011, 01:45 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by SIcan View Post
Hi Nylex,

It is true that I'm new to Linux.
but a question is always coming to my mind:
Why is it so complicated to install software on Linux?

thank you in advance
What is complicated to install? I just installed mysql by typing "yum install mysql" which took about 8 seconds to download and install, which is at least 10 minutes faster than windows.

Wait, do you mean -- installing things from Source?

Download it, type ./configure; make; make install generally. So that can't be it.

What is it that you are having problems installing?
 
Old 03-07-2011, 09:49 PM   #7
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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.
 
  


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