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Wuzzie 07-16-2005 12:09 AM

How to (un)install programs easily (Kubuntu)
 
I just want to know if there is an easy way of installing and uninstalling applications on Kubuntu Linux (KDE version of Ubuntu).
Also, if there is a big tutorial on Linux (KDE preferably) that would be great. I knew everything there was to know about windows, and now nothing about linux. (BTW, what is the .dll equivilent in linux, what is the application extension (windows: .exe) and where are all the files for the applications kept? (windows: "program files"))


Also, If I could please have the best linux equivilent of the following apps:
- Adobe Photoshop CS2
- Adobe Illustrator CS2
- Macromedia Flash MX
- Stardock ObjectDesktop ObjectBar
- ObjectDock/RK Launcher/Yz Dock/MobyDock/etc


Is it possible to use a boot screen in KDE?
And what other customizing sites are there other than kde-look.

Thanks.





~Wuzzie
:newbie:

J_K9 07-16-2005 12:27 AM

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sudo apt-get install synaptic
Run that from the terminal - that will download and install the Synaptic Package Manager, and easy-to-use front-end for apt-get.

As for your other questions, programs are *usually* located in either /usr/bin (programs which can be run by all users), /usr/sbin (programs to be run by the superuser - root), or /usr/games (games!). Errr..application extension? Got me there....

- Adobe Photoshop CS2 -> The GIMP
- Adobe Illustrator CS2 ->Sodipodi and Skencil
- Macromedia Flash MX -> Umm....DrawSWF and Ming
- Stardock ObjectDesktop ObjectBar -> SuperKaramba
- ObjectDock/RK Launcher/Yz Dock/MobyDock/etc -> SuperKaramba again!

edit: aysiu has posted a link of Win->Lin equivalents, but there is also an LQ version of this table here (at the wiki).

Other members please help me out here! ;)

J_K9

aysiu 07-16-2005 12:29 AM

Re: How to (un)install programs easily (Kubuntu)
 
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Originally posted by Wuzzie
I just want to know if there is an easy way of installing and uninstalling applications on Kubuntu Linux (KDE version of Ubuntu).
Yes. It's called Synaptic Package Manager. It's not already in the Kubuntu menus?

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Also, if there is a big tutorial on Linux (KDE preferably) that would be great. I knew everything there was to know about windows, and now nothing about linux. (BTW, what is the .dll equivilent in linux, what is the application extension (windows: .exe) and where are all the files for the applications kept? (windows: "program files"))
Here's a link about the Linux file structure. I wrote my own article about Linux general stuff (see link in my signature)--it's targeted specifically at Windows veterans who are Linux novices.

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Also, If I could please have the best linux equivilent of the following apps:
- Adobe Photoshop CS2
- Adobe Illustrator CS2
- Macromedia Flash MX
I'm too lazy to find the exact equivalents, but this page of Linux equivalents should have something that can help you.

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- Stardock ObjectDesktop ObjectBar
- ObjectDock/RK Launcher/Yz Dock/MobyDock/etc
You won't need these. KDE is fully customizable without third-party software.

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Is it possible to use a boot screen in KDE?
What do you mean by a boot screen? You can add a splash screen to grub. You can also add a splash screen to the general log in.

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And what other customizing sites are there other than kde-look.
I've found kde-look to be the best. If you enable extra repositories in Kubuntu, you should be able to download some more themes, too, through Synaptic Package Manager.

J_K9 07-16-2005 12:59 AM

Oh, and some other theme sites for KDE (don't know that many as I don't use KDE - too resource hungry):

http://themes.freshmeat.net/browse/61/
http://www.skinbase.org/kde.php
http://www.kde-apps.org/ (some apps are good for customizing KDE, like SuperKaramba)

Can I please recommend that you try out either GNOME (loads of themes and stuff for it can be found here), or Fluxbox? They're both very good, and are also nice eye-candy if you configure them properly. They're also less resource-hungry, especially Fluxbox, so your computer will be faster in general. Anyway, the main thing is to have fun!

J_K9

edit:
- To try Fluxbox, in terminal: "sudo apt-get install fluxbox"
- To try GNOME, in terminal: "sudo apt-get install gnome"

:D

Wuzzie 07-18-2005 12:14 AM

Thankyou for the helpful replies, everybody.

@aysiu - When I said is it possible to have a boot screen, I meant, When Kubuntu boots up, you see all the text going in a command line sort of view. Is it possible to replace that with a boot screen? (like windows and OS X)
I know it is possible, becasue in Morphix, a Gnome LiveCD, when it boots up it has a picture of a penguin with the debian logo on it's chest, and a loading bar. You can press a button to view all teh text. (I think it's called veborse mode or something... :scratch: )

~Wuzzie


PS: This forums REALLY needs either a better skin or a better board. I would reccommend IPB. (Invision Power Board) or a skin from http://www.transversestyles.com/ ...

Wuzzie 07-20-2005 04:08 AM

Thanks, but Synaptic Package Manager isn't the right sort of thing I was looking for.

It only lets you download/install and uninstall applications that it includes. How do I install my own that isn't in there?
For example, I was to get SuperKaramba, which (I think) doesn't have an apt-get thingy and is not in Synaptic Package Manager. Is there a program that I can load it into and it will automaticly install it for me? Is there one that will get me a list of installed applications and I can easily uninstall them?




~Wuzzie



PS: This is the main thing I find stupid about linux.
I'm going to (hopefully) learn all about linux and learn python and make a desktop enviroment, and then go on to making an OS...

J_K9 07-20-2005 05:44 AM

Well, does SuperKaramba have a .deb file? If it does, download that and install it via: "dpkg -i superkaramba-blah-blah.deb" . Then, to uninstall, just use the Synaptic Package Manager (because you installed a .deb) - I think anyway.

If you've installed a program from the source code, by doing:[quote]$ cd superkaramba-blah-blah
$ ./configure
$ make
$ make install[/qoute]If you're still not sure, check in the SuperKaramba directory and open up a file called "INSTALL" - read it and it'll tell you how to install the program (probably the way mentioned above). Then, to uninstall the program (I think the following is right):
Quote:

$ cd superkaramba-blah-blah
$ make clean
$ make distclean
$ make uninstall
:D

J_K9

Wuzzie 07-20-2005 05:54 AM

Thanks.

BTW, Do you think Mepis would be a better distro for me?
I dont particually like using the command line much...
I am using Ubuntu with KDE (Kubuntu) but am willing to try Fluxbox, Gnome, xfce, etc. (Flubuntu, Gnubuntu and Xubuntu?)
I have been told that Kubutnu is slow because it has debian which is aparently designed for gnome (and KDE is coded in C)

AY Sui, Do you have IM? I would like to talk to you (about what I just asked and customizing linux to be like mac os x)

rejser 07-20-2005 08:03 AM

Re: How to (un)install programs easily (Kubuntu)
 
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[i]

Is it possible to use a boot screen in KDE?
And what other customizing sites are there other than kde-look.

~Wuzzie
:newbie: [/B]
Is your target that you don't wan't to see all the text during bootup?
then there is a debian-based project called splashy that might be of interest.
There is a Ubuntu-version (it will work with kubuntu)


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