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Old 09-22-2008, 08:14 PM   #1
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Angry Installing stuff


Acer Aspire One.

Right - here goes. When I have downloaded stuff it goes into the download file (logical). It then asks if I want to use Xarchiver to unzip it. I do this and it then fails. So I check out the Forums and now I'm totally lost. I have only ever used Windows based systems before. Please help me.
 
Old 09-22-2008, 10:27 PM   #2
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Hi Maggsy,

Since no-one's answering I figured I'd help here and possibly with your other post about Media Center. Couple of things first - I believe Acer Aspire One runs Linux Linpus Lite - if you know that to be correct please confirm as I don't own Aspire One. If you don't know - don't worry as I'm pretty certain that's what you've got.

Second - I want to have a look at Linpus Lite first to give advice as easy to follow as possible. Unfortunately it will be around 16 hours before the disk gets downloaded as their server is awfully slow.

So hang in there and check back tomorrow and I'm sure we'll be able to help you get to grips with your system. In the meantime could you specify what exactly you downloaded (is it .rpm file) and where from.

Last edited by klearview; 09-22-2008 at 10:27 PM. Reason: grammar
 
Old 09-23-2008, 09:27 AM   #3
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Hi

Thanks for the help.

Yes, the Aspire One does use Linpus Lite.

Most of the things I need to use the system for are already loaded. The other stuff needed is something to use with my ipod and to read ebooks on. There is a copy of kTorrent already on the system so it is easy to activate this. (Really proud how I worked this out myself). Also when I open Hotmail it recommends that I update my Firefox Browser to the latest version. I download it but am stuck from there. If you can recommend any programs to use that would be great.

Thanks again
 
Old 01-02-2009, 07:59 PM   #4
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Unhappy What to do with files in Xarchiver

I have the same problem. When I'm given the choice to download files to disk or open with Xarchiver, the AA1 website recommends downloading via Xarchiver. Next,Xarchiver will open up in a window with all the files apparently unzipped and listed in the Xarchiver window. I have no clue as to what to do from there. What would happen if I downloaded the files to disk instead of Xarchiver? The AA1 downloads site doesn't give you that option. When you click on download it automatically opens with Xarchiver, but at other websites, the Firefox downloader will give you a choice. Why can't Linux be as simple as Windows? You just download a file to your desktop, go to that file icon, double click on it and it installs with no problems? I thought Linux was suppose to be a better system then Windows, but it seems like it's just for advanced tech people. I wish now I'd got the AA1 with XP instead of Linux Linpus Lite. I guess I'm just stuck with whatever is preloaded on my AA1.
 
Old 01-03-2009, 02:30 AM   #5
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if it is a source code file you will need to compile the code .
If it is a rpm file then you need to use the installer .
Can you post a example.
What is it you want to install?
And where are you getting it from ?
That is post a link to whatever it is you want to install .
Quote:
I wish now I'd got the AA1 with XP instead of Linux Linpus Lite. I guess I'm just stuck with whatever is preloaded on my AA1.
well there is a learning curve .You just need to get used to doing things the linux way and unlearn the MS Windows way of doing things .Give it time it is not hard to learn .

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Old 01-03-2009, 03:54 AM   #6
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Hi --- most Linux beginners think, just as you do:
Quote:
Why can't Linux be as simple as Windows?
But after playing with it, you will experience that actually Linux is simple and most of all full of FUN --- just hang on for now --- it is just a learning of new (or should I say "different") ways of doing things.

Welcome to the fun of Linux!
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:21 PM   #7
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The link is from the Acer Aspire One download/support site:

http://www.acer.com/aspireone/suppor...nnect.html#004

Following the directions. I downloaded FF3 from the link. When Xarchiver opened, I clicked on the file (folder?) FF3.sh.zip in Xarchiver, than on the FF3.sh and I got some kind of error message. I can't remember what it said.

I can't seem to find the other site. It was for a solitaire game. I thought it was the Solsuite (TreeCardGames)site for Linux, but can't find it now. Anyway, Firefox downloader gave me the option to open with Xarchiver or download to disk. I opened with Xarchiver. A window (Xarchiver?)opened with a long list of unzipped files. Had no idea what to do from there. I probably double clicked on the first file listed and either got an error message, or nothing happened.

I've downloaded Picasa and Skype when I first got my AA1 and didn't have any problems. They both installed without me having to do anything once I clicked on the download links. I do have to start Picasa by typing a short command in a terminal window: usr/bin/picasa for Picasa, and Skype is listed in my advanced desktop menu so I just click on it to open.
 
Old 01-04-2009, 07:07 PM   #8
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you might need to make "FF3.sh" an executable
cd to the folder that FF3.sh is in and run
Code:
su
chmod +x firefox3.sh
or r-click on the file and from the permissions set it to ex.

or run this in the terminal
Code:
cd /to/the/file/firefox3.sh
sh ./firefox3.sh
 
  


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