damnit, i spent 20 minutes + typing this post and it got lost after asking me to login, so i'm typing this again from memory =(
Alright, i am so thankful i found this forum, and am thankful to any help from you in advance.
I'm a newbie n just finally got Redhat linux 8.0 working off from a partition on my 2nd hard drive. I'm running the GUI (kde i think) and everything seems to be working fine (internet is up n running, etc).
However, I am trying to download and install this program called PSPP (a statistical program distributed for free) which is written for linux. Here's the ftp for the files; ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/p/pspp/
about 15 files, a couple of them .gz which is compressed format i guess? and most being .deb Dont know what to make of these files, n i understand with linux file extenstions dont matter.
So i found the installation guide; http://asis.web.cern.ch/asis/product...pp_4.html#SEC5
Step 1 "cd to the directory containing the PSPP source"
This first step raises problems i need to solve for running Linux in general and how to download / install programs;
1) What do i do with the files on the FTP site? If i put them in a directory where do i put it and how?
With mozilla i clicked on all the files and every time it brings up a window giving me the option to either save it or open the file, if i click open the file (no program was associated with it) i would have to select a program to open the file with. I dont recognize any uncompressing or dearchiving thing (this is what i'm guessing i need to do). I copied the files to the "desktop" but that didnt take me anywhere. I went to tucows to download a decompressor program, but that was no help cuz from there i had to open it or save it, and it seemed to be the same type of files on the ftp. ahhhh!!! so confusing!!!
2) "cd to the directory"; Where is the COMMAND PROMPT??
i've used dos way back in da day, but with linux all i have seen is the GUI, i've looked around and cannot figure out how to bring up the command prompt. i do have a list of commands and explanations.
3) Once i find the command prompt, any specific things or steps i need to follow for downloading the files from teh ftp and installing the program??
Again, Thanks in advancee for your help
Stressed & Frustrated
Peter - ineedacookie