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Old 09-17-2005, 06:59 AM   #1
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Post Please dont kill me for asking.. Command line? (I AM i n00b)


Hi!

First tread. (YAAAY!!)

I was up for hours yesterday trying to find the needed command line for installing programs.

But, me being quite a newbie at linux could not..

I allso want to know the easy way to install alll the files needed for the newest gaim (keepp getting package error with libgtkspell.so.0 needed)

I hope someone could help me..

OR: Do anyone know a free "getting started" guide?
 
Old 09-17-2005, 07:11 AM   #2
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What distro do you run?
if you want to install from source it is mostly.

./configure && make && make install
 
Old 09-17-2005, 07:41 AM   #3
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Talking

There is generally 3 ways of installing new programs:

1. The most "primitive" way is to install from source. This is what the first response you got was about. Search google 'linux installing from source', and you'll find guides. But honestly, don't bother. I've been using linux for more than 2 years and only installed from source 1-2 times (thanks Mandriva! ). There are easier ways in most distros, for most programs.

2. Installing with your distro's native package manager. Most distros are RPM based (redhat, fedora, mandriva,suse), or DEB based (debian, Libranet, knoppix, ubuntu). search for "RPM howto" for RPM or "apt-get howto" for DEB.

3. Using repositories. This is the easiest way. Most distros have large software repositories on ftp servers, and the distro has usually a graphical user interface that utilises the native package manager and resolves dependencies (ie, also installs other needed packages). Using these usually requires that you first set the sources, or give the distro information where your nearest/preferred repository is (they might have an ftp source already preconfigured, or they might use the installation cd:s as sources). For Fedora/redhat, the tool is called YUM, google "fedora yum howto", for Mandriva it's URPMI, for SUSE it's YAST/YOU. For debian based distros, APT-GET also uses repositories. But it is a command line tool, and there is also a graphical front end to it called Synaptic or (kynaptic in KDE).

Of course it's good to know all of these, but for 95% of programs you are likely to need, it's usually enough to use the repositories.
 
Old 09-17-2005, 08:10 AM   #4
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Talking Wow... That was quick!

Cheers! I will try it out straight away when i get to my pc!

I am running Shrike (Red Hat 9) from what i know (Well thats what the ISO's told me )

Now i will get around to installing Wine, Mplayer, Flash, GAIM, Amsn and other stuff!!

I am i wiz at XP, but not at Linux. There i am a complete !

Thanks again. Will contact again if anything fails
 
Old 09-17-2005, 08:26 AM   #5
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Exclamation ...?

Uhhm... Well. When i have downloaded YUM, and i open the .rpm file (given pass 1rst) I says Preparing system update and then it after 2 secs closes that window and nothing happens?

What am i doin wrong?
 
Old 09-17-2005, 08:39 AM   #6
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I haven't used redhat so I can't help, but recommend reading these docs (for red hat 9). They are supposed to be very good: http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/linux/

Plus, you might want to post to redhat forum at
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...?s=&forumid=31
 
Old 09-17-2005, 08:45 AM   #7
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OK!

Cheers i will try that.
 
Old 09-17-2005, 08:51 AM   #8
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Red Hat 9 is seriously old, you should consider a newer distro.
 
Old 09-17-2005, 09:31 AM   #9
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Damn.. Whats the newest? Or best? (Free one)
 
Old 09-17-2005, 10:14 AM   #10
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Red face Giving up.. :-(

Well. I have now given up. As i do not have the correct version there is no point in configuring it if i have to install another version. For now (untill i get the other version WHAT VERSION PLEASE ;-D) i will go back to my trusty old windows for i think this is too complex to do right now. Maybe next weekend. Wont be so busy..
So some1 please tell me what version i need and i will download that.

Thanks for all of you guys help.

Oh and by the way! I succesfully installed 1 program and found Terminal. (.....N00Blike? It was flash..)
 
Old 09-17-2005, 10:59 AM   #11
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If you want to stick with Red Hat go get Fedora Core 4 (FC4). Ubuntu is really user friendly that is what I started out on. Check out the distro Reviews link in the top right.
 
Old 09-17-2005, 11:06 AM   #12
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Re: Giving up.. :-(

Quote:
Originally posted by Nox_hand
Well. I have now given up.
So some1 please tell me what version i need and i will download that.
one word: http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major
 
Old 09-17-2005, 11:31 AM   #13
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Talking Thanks!

Well i seems i can give up giving up!

The 2nd HDD with my xp ghost on suddenly fried when formatting 1rst HDD, so now i have nothing. I will download Ubuntu after re-installing Red Hat. (cant find xp cd..)

So i will use next few days downloading and learning. Cheers evry1!
 
Old 09-17-2005, 12:09 PM   #14
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Re: Thanks!

Quote:
Originally posted by Nox_hand
The 2nd HDD with my xp ghost on suddenly fried
Necessity is the mother of all invention!!

Try Ubuntu, it's great. And with this, you can't go wrong: http://ubuntuguide.org/
 
Old 09-17-2005, 01:42 PM   #15
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Question What should i download?

Should i download 5.10 preview or 5.04?
 
  


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