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Old 01-21-2004, 01:41 AM   #1
jasonfarbman
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TRYING to install ANYTHING...


Hello...

i WANT to love Linux so badly.. i WANT to replace my Windows 2000 system with a Linux one.. but I can't if I can't install anything! all I'm getting is frustration and having to reinstall Red Hat 9 over and over and over again..

For example, I wanted to update Mozilla (RH9 includes 1.2.1). Downloaded it, opened the readme - which did not resemble what actually opened. Managed to infer kind f sort of what to do, got to a Mozilla installation screen, clicked a couple of times, then it looked like it worked. Except Mozilla would no longer load any pages, and when I closed it, I could only find the old 1.2.1 version - the new one had seemingly disappeared, although it's folder still existed in the usr directory.

What am I doing wrong?

I'm untar-ing it, the running ./mozilla-installer (as root)

When I try to follow the readme and type ./mozilla, it says that's not a command.

Trying to use stuff that's worked before, I tried "make" and "make install" and all that, none of which worked...

Please help me to make this transition work.
 
Old 01-21-2004, 01:53 AM   #2
whansard
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the new mozilla isn't installing over the old one. it's somewhere else.
and your menu item points to the old one. find the new mozilla-bin and
have the menu item or icon point there instead.
 
Old 01-21-2004, 03:35 AM   #3
Optyx
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All i can say is i feel ya brother.
The transition is hard, im behind redhat 9.0 also but trying install slackware 9.1 (wich i cant figure out) just erase windows and burn the disk- then you HAVE to learn linux.

I have had countless problems, after problem after problem- how i am even using the internet right now is one of them fixed- but in the end- you will get there.
 
Old 01-21-2004, 04:31 AM   #4
blanny
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Check out the Apt Utils They allow you to install packages from remote .rpm repositories with one simple command. There is also a GUI program for apt called synaptic Here's a screenshot .

I know for me, apt was about the coolest thing i'd ever seen. Makes installing things like a sport -especially if you have broadband.

PS. Since Redhat is pretty much dead for commercial use, why not check out Gentoo or FreeBSD? They have great packaging systems.

pz

blan
 
Old 01-21-2004, 06:46 PM   #5
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I'm gonna try installing Gentoo. Hopefully I can wrestle my way through.. Thanks for the suggestions.
 
  


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