Originally Posted by jotta
i have swapped from windows to linux mint and got aircrack and a few other programes alredy downloaded but not got a clue how to install them would greatly appreciate some help here thanks
First, always try the package manager before downloading anything. Just about everything you need will be in the repositories set up by the distro maintainer.
Second, there is no one way to install downloaded SW---you simply have to follow the instructions they provide. A typical download will often be a compressed archive (filename ending in tar.gz or something similar) In these cases, you need to extract the archive and then you will likely find instructions inside.
Example: Suppose your download is program.tar.gz ..In a terminal, cd to the directory containing the file and do "tar -xzvf program.tar.gz". This will create a new directory---probably named "program". cd into this and see what you find.