Originally posted by Arcane Kidd
First-- What is a WM and what is it used for.
WM or Window Manager. Used for having something nice to look at.
Second-- How can I install a program. I understnd how to unzip a file into a directory...but that is about the extent of my knowledge.
After you untar the file (tar -zxvf for tar.gz or tar -jxvf for tar.bz2)
you should read the INSTALL file, but most of the time you can do:
Nearly every distro has it's package system also, those are precompiled binaries for your system, RH & Mandy have rpm, debian has deb... Search LQ on how to install them.