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Im a linux noob and need help installing or adding programs and games.
I dont know much at all about linux so any help would be appreciated.
Im trying to install or use from tar files and dont know much about shell or anything.
Any help or advice?
You can install progs using yast2, which is suse's setup program. If you have the package on your computer (should be in rpm format) just double-click on it and choose "install". You can do this by several means, not just yast2. Also, there is kapackage and rpm itself, in the command line.
Progs/games can be installed either by rpm packages or source code. Source code should be downloaded as tar.gz packages. Unpack it, untar, and there will be a dir with the code inside. Then, take a look at the "readme" or "install" file, they should provide you with all info. source code should be compiled in order to be able to run. Compilation requires a bunch of software to be installed, mainly the gnu gcc compiler.
If you use suse personal, I guess you'll have to make sure these programs are installed, prior to compiling. If you use the pro version, the default install shall have the required software.
All this... depends. It depends on whether you are using SuSE 9.1 Personal og 9.1 Pro, since - Personal is shipped without some very basic compilation tools, and that means yo have to install them yourself! Personal may be stage 1 newbie-friendly, but it is quite stage 2 newbie-hostile, in my opinion...
If, however, you are using 9.1 Pro or for some reason have the tools installed anyway, Jeremy's brilliantly straightforward introduction to compiling programs from source should be helpful to you - it was to me.
Diplomat is right: if you take the pesonal version as a kind of "standalone" linux installation ready to use, it can be a good idea. Just install and use.
But if your goal is to hack it, learn how to compile things, etc... you'll have to add all the things the suse guys removed to make it fit into 1 cd iso.
There's a quick way to find this out: Unpack the source package, enter the dir and open a console inside this dir. In the console do:
This will trigger a whole checking that will give you some output on what's missing, if you don't have compiling tools on your machine. If it doesn't output no error, then you are happy. Continue with the compiling by suing to root and doing "make". Then, after it finishes, "make install".
Please notice that these are generic instructions on how to compile programs. You should always read the readme and/or install files with instructions from the authors.
I have SuSe 9.1 personal. When i do a ./configure command like the install instructions tell me then, yes, ido get some error's so i guess i need some compilation programs but it says in my yast that there already is compilation programs,so i dont know.
I will toy with it and see. Thx for all the help.