if you are not on a headless server but on a desktop install ( mint is a desktop install )
Just double click it JUST LIKE YOU WOULD ON A MICROSOFT OPERATING SYSTEM !!!!!
or also just like Microsoft and Apple "r-click" it and in that r-click menu select the archive manager
JUST LIKE ON A MICROSOFT OR APPLE OPERATING SYSTEM !!!
Almost all tar.gz, tar.bz2,Tgz, archives are SOURCE CODE !!!
code that is used to make the program you run
and almost always there are two files in the archive
well READ THE README file
that is why it is called well " README "
now there are exceptions
like Firefox 26
that tarball is a already pre built stand alone program
So without knowing just what this archive is
there is NO way we can really help
What is this archive ?
where did you get it
( the url would help )
also "alien" is for installing REDHAT rpm's on a Debian operating system like Mint
however it might not work
Redhat and Debian are like
the Metric and USA English measuring system
they do NOT mix well
Last edited by John VV; 02-04-2014 at 03:28 PM.