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Old 03-05-2002, 03:37 PM   #1
vektor
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Question How do I install programs?? please help


I just installed elx and being a newbie have no idea about much of anything. The first thing I'd like to do is install a firewall thee one I downloaded is a .raw file. How do I install this ? DO I need antivirus software? I'm on a always on cable connection and am reluctant to leave it on without proteciton. I'm very excited about the possibility of chucking windows If I can get my folding program and mirc running 24/7 I think I'll be able to do it. Thanks for reading this. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks , vektor
 
Old 03-05-2002, 05:30 PM   #2
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hmm, .raw? if you can, download the source as a .tar, .tar.gz, tar.bz2, or something of that nature, if in x windows run ark, open the archive and extract it, switch to the directory, once in the source directory, type ./configure then make then make install, hope this helps, as for virus protection, i'm told there aren't that many viruses for linux, or virus protection software, of couse as soon as i say this, there will be 1000 posts to this thread saying otherwise, cheers
 
Old 03-05-2002, 06:35 PM   #3
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thx I'll give it a try. I heard the same about viruses. I can't wait till I know linux better.
 
Old 03-05-2002, 08:55 PM   #4
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Hi Vektor,

I have cable too so I have the same concerns. I have a Bastille firewall that came with my software. I checked into anti-virus programs and you can purchase one for Linux at www.kaspersky.com I haven't tried it yet and haven't decided whether or not I will. The whole virus issue with Linux seems to be rather confusing and I've read so much info on the net I'm not sure of anything about it!
 
Old 03-05-2002, 10:21 PM   #5
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Hey mystified,Cool, but how did you install the firewall? I'm only familiar w/ windows and double clicking doesn't seem to do it. If you could explain how/where to install I'd be very grateful.
 
Old 03-06-2002, 08:31 AM   #6
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As for firewall, go here to get a source
ftp://ftp.linux.org.uk/pub/linux/alan/Lokkit/
It is written by Alan Cox, one of the kernel developers and mantainers, so expect a quality product, it requires gnome to be at least installed on your system. Then decompress the archive with following set of commands
Open an Xterm (console) type
tar xvfz /file/you/downloaded.tar.gz
it will create a directory named usually by the file name and decopress all the files in archive into this directory
cd created_directory
./configure
make
su
<enter root password>
make install

It will work only if there is a configure script and it doesn't fail, and Makefile with defined targets and rules,and if make and make install don't fail, you might want to read about the exact instructions in README or INSTALL files included in the archive.

Last edited by neo77777; 03-06-2002 at 08:41 AM.
 
Old 03-06-2002, 11:31 AM   #7
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Hi again Vektor,

My firewall was part of the installation package with my software. I'm learning all of this myself and you're right, double clicking doesn't accomplish anything. I was a pro in Windows and could tweak it to my preferences. So the switch was quite a shock. I am very familiar with DOS though so I use that as a kind of point of reference. The problem I've found with most software that's downloadable on the net is that it assumes a level of knowledge that a newbie doesn't have and it's been frustrating. But the more I work with Linux the more comfortable I've become and the more I like it. I'm NOT going back to Windows. I have a dual boot and still have ME but except for using Quicken which I'm now trying to get away from I don't go into ME at all. You can't really telling it's ME though! I use Linux wall paper, changed all my icons to the penguin and even my windows flag on the start menu is now Tux. I even have a linux start up screen. I hate Micro$oft so much I just couldn't help myself.

I'm going to check into the other firewall neo so thanks! I used to use Zone Alarm in Widows and I like it because it was interactive and I knew who was pinging me and could decide which programs were allowed access to the internet. I don't know how to tell that in Linux.

I'm very glad I found this forum!
 
Old 03-06-2002, 02:47 PM   #8
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Sounds promising windows be damned!! I decided until I get up to speed on linux enough to install a program lol I'm going to sit behind my little linksys router which will offer me some measure of protection.I've got removable harddrives so I'm running windows 2000 pro on one and elx on the other. I'm very into filesharing and I fold for stanford so my machine is always on. It's going to be tuff to transition until I figure out how to fold/and run mirc&grokster on linux but the day is coming. Thx for your responsetake care ,vektor
 
  


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