Originally posted by allforcarrie
so basicly an RPM is a linux version of a exe? what is a TAR? how do you install a TAR?
A tar is more like winzip, do "tar -xvf" if the ending is ".tar", "tar -zxvf" if the ending is ".tar.gz" or ".tgz" and finally do "tar -jxvf" if the ending is ".tar.bunzip2".
Tar's are tarballs, and they containt source codes. For the most part, to install tar files you extract them as shown above and enter the directory. There will most likely be a README file, so please refer to that when installing.
The standard way of installing however, is doing
But again, refer to the README and INSTALL in the directory for detailed information.