3 Basic Questions From a Newbie - installation locations, working with icons, etc
I have been working with Linux for about 2 days now. So I have a rudimentary knowledge of how to edit files and where to find some of them - but not much else. I don't know if it matters, but I have a dual boot with RH9 and XP.
1. Where is the best place to install new programs? I'm thinking of some place where my newbie mistakes can do the least damage.
2. Once I have those programs installed, how do I run them without having to go back to the command line? In Windows I could say that I wanted to place an icon on the desktop; is there an equivalent in Linux?
3. Also, I was playing GAIM and I did something that made it disappear. When I start it, from the KDE start applications area, the window appears briefly and then disappears. How do I find out if it running in the background and it so get it to reappear? Otherwise, if I really messed some setting up, how do I go about fixing things so I can use GAIM again? Should I uninstall the one I have now and reinstall it?