If this is the paragraph reformatter, it is already in the Debian GNU/Linux etch repository:
$ apt-cache show par
Maintainer: Kapil Hari Paranjape <email@example.com>
Which means you can install it with apt-get. This can be confusing the first few times you do it, however, I have found that it is as easy, if not easier, than installing on Windows.
Short version: become root, update the indices, do a simulated install, then do a real install:
(enter root password)
apt-get -s install par
(if everything looks OK, i.e. par and perhaps a few others selected for installation)
apt-get install par
I tend to backup before large installs, but this is not one of those:
$ apt-get -s install par
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 7 not upgraded.
Inst par (1.52-1 Debian:4.0r4a/stable)
Conf par (1.52-1 Debian:4.0r4a/stable)
You should get used to reading man pages for command-line work -- for example man apt-get
. There are some GUI installing commands, and someone may stop by to chat about those.
Another useful read is http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/de...l/ch-dpkg.html
Welcome to Linux, and best wishes ... cheers, makyo