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I'm hoping to get some experience with installing programs by using something fairly inocuous, like Firefox. When I open the tarball and double-click the installer, it wants to install in my home folder by default. This can't possibly be right. Where would be a good place to install progs?
The second question: OK, I get this thing downloaded and installed, but how do I get a "shortcut" into the dock /quick launch/ panel at the bottom? What happened to the program's icon? I've messed with "get properties" function and used a "custom icon" from the firefox/icons/ folder, but can't seem to get that icon into the dock, and can't get it to load.
I think if I can learn this, I can really take off.
/usr/local and /opt are good directories for installing locally. For firefox, I would install in /usr/local/firefox. As for icons in the panel, you just drag them from the menu or desktop to the panel.
Thanks! I was able to get things downloaded, unpacked, and installed. I got the "shortcuts" installed in the launcher panel. My only question: Why doesn't the program get a shortcut installed to the main menu?
Originally posted by JediDB Speaking of installing programs, how would we un-install them?
If you have installed them using your distros package manager, then uninstall using the package manager. If you have compiled from source, just run "make uninstall" as root from the directory where you installed from. If you installed apps like firefox using their installer, you can safely delete the whole directory. Some applications installed from *bin files, have uninstallers in their directories.