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Old 11-27-2006, 02:12 PM   #1
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My first Linux is Mandriva


Hello guys, I am very tired of Windows XP so I switched to linux. I picked up free Mandriva cd that come with magazine at the bookstore. I was thrilled to see that new program and love it. But the problem is I have no idea how to install yahoo messenger, java, flash, and doom game. In linux dont have auto install like as "exe" for windows xp. I've searching for tutorials but still dont understand instructions. I will be appreciate if you shows me the basic instruction. In windows 95, 98 and xp are very easy for me to figure out by myself.

I need very simple instructions. Thank you.
 
Old 11-27-2006, 02:27 PM   #2
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See http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Mandriva
 
Old 11-27-2006, 02:44 PM   #3
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Also remember that you cannot install Windows applications on a Macintosh computer either if a Mac version is not available. The same is true for Linux. You need a Linux port of the application to install it in Linux, and they are not available for many programs. Other programs like CrossOver Office and Cedega (commercial products) and Wine (open source, but more difficult to use) allow a person to run some Windows applications on a Linux machine.

Alternate applications are available as replacements for Windows-based applications. For example, Gaim and Kopete are Linux instant messenger clients. (There is also an official Yahoo Messenger client for Linux, but you may find it troublesome to install.)

Many id games have been ported to Linux, and although it may appear a little confusing to someone new to Linux, running something like Doom 3 on a Linux box is fairly straightforward. Look here for that procedure:
http://zerowing.idsoftware.com/linux/doom/
 
Old 11-27-2006, 02:45 PM   #4
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In my konsole shows "[james@localhost ~]$" Do I need to remove james@localhost??

First step is install_flash_player_7_linux.tar.gz?

Second step is copy the command in konsole?

What is third step?

What do you suggest to do right thing?
 
Old 11-27-2006, 03:20 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Justsayno2MS
In my konsole shows "[james@localhost ~]$" Do I need to remove james@localhost??

First step is install_flash_player_7_linux.tar.gz?

Second step is copy the command in konsole?

What is third step?

What do you suggest to do right thing?
james is you. localhost is what Linux calls your machine. ~ is your home directory. $ is called a "prompt" and reveals you to be a regular user. Together, these show who you are and where you are. You do not need to change these. They provide information that may become useful to you later as you advance.

Although Flash Player is not considered a difficult source install, it is my opinion that you need to learn a little more about Linux (or UNIX, which behaves similarly) before proceeding. You need to learn how to change directories, list the files in the directories, use the commands tar, gzip, and gunzip to handle zipped and archived files, etc. Once you have that under your belt, everything should become a great deal clearer. Here is one example of a short tutorial:
http://www.molecularevolution.org/re.../computing.php

When you are done, I recommend installing Flash Player 9 (beta) instead of version 7. You will find more information here, including many handy tips:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=501158

Last edited by Cogar; 11-27-2006 at 03:23 PM.
 
Old 11-27-2006, 04:27 PM   #6
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Cogar, tar -xzf <filename here>.tar.gz is not working in konsole.

I will try to read short tutorial and examples. Thank you.
 
Old 11-27-2006, 04:41 PM   #7
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[james@localhost ~]$ tar -xzf FP9_plugin_beta_112006.tar.gz
tar: FP9_plugin_beta_112006.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
tar: Child returned status 2
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
[james@localhost ~]$ install tar -xzf FP9_plugin_beta_112006.tar.gz
install: invalid option -- x
Try `install --help' for more information.
[james@localhost ~]$


Wrong filename? I downloaded FP9_plugin_beta_112006.tar.gz

That seems to be frustrating for first time.
 
Old 11-27-2006, 05:36 PM   #8
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You have to tell commands the complete path to your file that it shall work on. Chances are good you downloaded the file to your Desktop folder if not in your /home/name-of-user folder. What happens if you try
Code:
tar -xzf ~/Desktop/FP9_plugin_beta_112006.tar.gz
?

EDIT: reformatted code part
 
Old 11-27-2006, 06:42 PM   #9
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http://en.jakilinux.org/first-steps/...ling-software/

In general you really should use the binaries given by your distribution (rpm for you)
Flash is an exception..
 
Old 11-28-2006, 01:10 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by titopoquito
You have to tell commands the complete path to your file that it shall work on. Chances are good you downloaded the file to your Desktop folder if not in your /home/name-of-user folder. What happens if you try
Code:
tar -xzf ~/Desktop/FP9_plugin_beta_112006.tar.gz
?

EDIT: reformatted code part
Yes. Otherwise, navigate to the directory that holds the downloaded file. From the home directory, this command would be:

cd Desktop

Then enter the following command to see the files there:

ls

You should see the downloaded file.

At this point, you can unzip the archive version by entering the following command:

tar -xzf FP9_plugin_beta_112006.tar.gz

where “FP9_plugin_beta_112006.tar.gz” is the name of the file you downloaded. The command will unzip the file and create a directory named something like “flash-player-plugin-{some numbers}”. For the next steps, you need to be “root” (administrator), so in the terminal window, enter:

su

The system will then prompt you for the root or administrative password. Note: the screen will not indicate what you type in any way. The cursor in the screen will then change from $ to #. You are now logged in as root.

Copy the file libflashplayer.so from its directory to /usr/lib/mozilla-firefox-1.5.0.8/plugins (where you would substitute the name of your specific browser's directory in place of mozilla-firefox-1.5.0.8). If the browser was open, shut it down and restart it. Flash Player should now be operational.
 
  


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