Thanks for the reply,
All the packages are in rpm format, I have no problem finding, copying them or installing them.
when I verbose the install, or upgrade as the case may be, there are no errors, nothing to indicate any problems, it's almost as if the suse distro packages are installed and then completly ignored by the RH9 system.
When I finally find the kdlink kog that is supposed to start the application, I start it and nothing, absolutely nada.
I can edit the make files, and read the readme files, but most are silent about any issues, or do not have further configuration notes.
I have a couple of hundred rpm packages on the RH9 distro and they install and run just fine.