(restrains self from performing i am not worthy routine; bHi guys.
ut I feel extremely stupid here I have to say)
I installed Mandrake 9.0 on my Windoze ME machine last week, currently happily dual booting w LILO - no problems, no crashes, no angst save what I'm about to describe.
I'm using KDE mostly at the moment 'cos it seems most friendly to newbs and have successfully set stuff up to access internet and mail facilities - absolutely no problem here, even tho' my system has a winmodem I had an old external modem handy, and I'm actually getting *faster* connection speeds with the old external than I did in windoze with the spiffy new internal jobbie! I'm well impressed by that I can tell you). Also 'ported my windoze StarOffice files on hda6 into OpenOffice.org on linux hda3 w no probs - deeply impressed with the ability of Linux to mount and read Windoze partitions tho' it will be a cold day in hell before the opposite occurs I guess
But...duh. It occurred to me after a few days that the ONLY reason I'd booted into windoze for several days was to allow SETI to crunch some nos., 'cos I'd felt intimidated by the 'command line version' description of the UNIX download at the SETI site.
So I bit the bullet and downloaded it. Successfully - it's right there in the home/(myusername)/downloads directory I created for the occasion (note this isn't a root directory, it's set up under my other user login and I've avoided using root as much as poss as recommended). It's a tar file; I know vaguely what to do to untar and install such; so I tried it
(more detail`s required I'm sure: I typed 'tar xvf setiathome-3.03.i386-pc-linux-gnu-gnulibc2.1.tar in the console at my username prompt; this may not be the correct filename but being such a noob, I wasn't sure what was the 'filename' and what wasn't...:0)
unfortunately with no success - both the console and the GUI report that there's no such file on the system.
It's there; or at least, there's a nice pretty icon for it in the appropriate directory in Konqueror, it even has the exact same filename appended! but clicking on it produces another error message to the effect that the system can't find the file.
Well...in case you're starting to think I've posted this to the wrong forum, this plea for help isn't specifically about SETI. It's regarding the procedure for installing ANY 3rd party software (I have no problem installing any of the packages provided on Mandy's CDs post OS install - already done that, but all that entails is a windoze-ish point and click and a very small amount of nous regarding where to find stuff).
So, generally: How does one go about installing a (downloaded, 3rd party, whatever) software package on a Linux box? On one which as I gather from reading the forums for a few weeks has given me almost no trouble compared to some?
and yeah, I have RTFM and investigated man and info pages. Trouble is, that even the most basic of these read like greek or hebrew to me (to clarify: I actually do have a basic knowledge of both these languages, so what I mean by this is that they APPEAR to tell me what to do, just like I ALMOST understand both gk. and heb., but on closer investigation I find i don't understand them at all
A bit of background might be helpful: I've been a windoze end user for years and years, starting with 3.11 and up to ME. I have long mistrusted M$ and it's pretty much given that WinXP really does spy on your system and report back to CONTROL, so I've vowed I'll never use it. However in a while M$ will cease to support earlier OSs and it'll be next to impossible to run a windoze box without using XP or its successors...which I'll never do...so the alternative was clear.
I went for Mandy 9.0 as probably the best distro for someone who really didn't know what they were doing past the windoze point and click; but I don't, heaven forbid, want to STAY at that level. I want to learn How To Do Stuff in Linux, so that, hopefully, one day I'll reach the point where I'll never need windoze again. But unless I can successfully install 3rd party software - whether from the command line, or via a GUI interface, I don't care - I'll never be able to do this. I don't want to end up as dependent on a distributor (Mandrake, RedHat, or whoever...even debian
) as I was on M$.
Where do I go? what can I read to help me clarify the situation? I've tried online help files, man pages, info pages, Mandrake Online, linux.org and various other places, and haven't gotten past the greek/hebrew stage as yet.
I've always used GUIs, also. If you are going to help me with command line stuff, I really do need it spelled out at this stage: if you tell me to 'make install' I'm not going to know what you mean, and I won't be able to do it. I need you to tell me EXACTLY what to type at the command prompt, and preferably what each component means. I realise this is very basic, and that it means I'm far more stupid than the average newb around here (most of whom seem to be programmers at the least...I'm a theologian :0...) but it's the case. Sorry 'bout that.
ASUS A7A266 motherboard with ALiMaGiK 1 chipset
AMD Athlon 1.4 Ghz. processor
Award Medallion BIOS 6.0
Creative SoundBlaster Live! series sound card
nVidia GeForce 2.0 video card
CD-RW and DVD drives (MTI316B BDV212B/TEAC CD-W512EB)
40GB HDD partitioned as follows: hda1 winME, hda2 linux boot/hda3 mandrake linux (I'm making an assumption here, I created the linux partition immediately after the WinME partition - hda1/drive C: in winspeak - but it appears as hda3 on my system, so I assume there's a boot partition interposed in there), hda4 linux swap hda5 windoze apps hda6 windoze data hda7 windoze backup
Originally shipped with WinME preinstalled on an unpartitioned 40Gb Hdd, and I have only an OEM recovery disk, not a full copy of WinME, though I do have a legal full copy of Win98SE lying around the place in case of need
Partitioning done with Partition Magic 6.0 and 8.0
(which I recommend - the rescue disks saved my bacon big time, a few months back).
Sorry about the length of this post. I will be briefer when/if replies enable me to be more focussed on the assorted issues herein.
Thanks in advance,