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Old 06-03-2005, 08:11 AM   #1
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Linux Programs Installation/Update


I'm trying very hard to be an enthusiastic Linux user and advocate for this operating system but the frustrations that I have experienced in installing and updating installed programs like MySQL or FireFox add ons is becoming whats seems to be an unsurmountable effort.
As a Windows user since 3.1, it is very easy to understand the directory structure and program installation. In most circumstances, it is mindless...simply click on the executable file and allowing the default installation to occur you find the program installs intself in the Program Directory and system files in Windows directory ususally the system32 and drivers directory. I am quite comfortable with the logic, however, in trying to establish the same comfort level with Linux is very difficult despite various "Dummy Manuals" and use of RPM files.
I've installed Fedora Core 3 on a Pentium III computer with 512Mb of RAM. My biggest problem is trying to update MySQL, PHP, and Firefox browser to include the latest add ons for the browser. Is there some way in which I can easily do the updates for these and other programs meanwhile also begin to understand the organizational directory structure?
I've used "WebMin" in administering the server with a gui interface but generally isnt much help in doing upgrades to freshly installed OS and programs?

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Old 06-03-2005, 08:42 AM   #2
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Smile You Sound A Lot Like Me

You sure sound as though you and I are in the same boat with LINUX. I'm running XP Pro with a Pentium III box with 512 MB RAM. I have just gotten the Partition Magic program with which I want to partition my HD so that I may run XP and LINUX, swapping between the two OS's.

Did you do the same thing? And if so, what, if any problems did you run into? I have the latest "LINUX FOR DUMMIES" paperback and will use it to follow to do the LINUX installation.

But I am apprehensive about doing this, fearing that I will really mess it up and my current OS at the same time. So, could you please give me some advice as how to go about doing this?

Thanks,
 
Old 06-03-2005, 08:57 AM   #3
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You sure sound as though you and I are in the same boat with LINUX. I'm running XP Pro with a Pentium III box with 512 MB RAM. I have just gotten the Partition Magic program with which I want to partition my HD so that I may run XP and LINUX, swapping between the two OS's.

Did you do the same thing? And if so, what, if any problems did you run into? I have the latest "LINUX FOR DUMMIES" paperback and will use it to follow to do the LINUX installation.

But I am apprehensive about doing this, fearing that I will really mess it up and my current OS at the same time. So, could you please give me some advice as how to go about doing this?

Thanks,
I wouldn't recommend running a dual boot machine, especially when you're a bit tentative about how it will perform. No doubt, it works well together but... erring on the side of caution is best.

For what it's worth, what I would do is find a machine in which you can test the dual boot and "monkey" around with it. Once you're satisfied and confident on how these systems work then I would configure the dual boot on your "production" device.

If you can't find another box, I would make a "ghost" image of your current OS and store it somewhere, then configure your machine for the dual boot. Worse case it the process hoses up your machine you can always ghost back the orignal image and lose nothing.


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Old 06-03-2005, 09:42 AM   #4
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Everyone at least most of us, use a package management tool like synaptic, apt, yum, swaret, etc. to install and update software. If you decide to compile from source or to download rpms or tar.gz from anywhere, you make your own choices(dependencies problems and all the crap). When i look for software, i am not looking for a file(.rpm, .deb, etc.), i look first for a repository(because i use apt-get in debian) which contains the software.
 
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Using the package management tools that come with the distro you are using is the easiest and safest way to install software.
 
  


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