I'm totally new to Linux, so sorry if this has been asked before. I did search though. And found nothing, so I guess I've made a new level of noob, eh?
I'm currently using Ubuntu 11.10.
Anyway. I downloaded a tar.bz2 Skype, instead of the .deb package, because I wanted to learn how to install it from that, instead of just double clicking and letting the package manger handle everything.
However, once I extract it, and cd into the extracted folder, there's nothing to make. It runs right out of the folder, if I type in skype in the terminal. I moved the folder into /usr/lib and made a symlink of skype.sh in /bin. So now when I type Skype anywhere, it'll open up.
My question is, how do I add a shortcut to the desktop (or the Unity Launcher), with the Skype icon? The icons folder exists in the extracted folder, but I don't know how to use them. And what exactly can I do with the skype.desktop file? What does it do?
This goes for firefox too. I downloaded the tar.bz2 Aurora. I extract it, there's nothing to install. So I move it to /usr/lib and symlink firefox.sh to /bin. What to do after that? I don't want to have to go to the terminal everytime I want to launch something.