For the whole week I've had installed on my laptop, RedHat9 has been driving me nuts. It's my first time with Linux I thought, and I liked the customizability, so I thought I'd give it a try. I've had a lot of errors and most things haven't worked right over the past week (hardware issues) but everything I've been able to step around except installing software. I have two major problems when it comes to that.
1. When I've tried to install from source tarballs using the common ./configure, make, make install trio, I don't even get past the configure section. I first get an error that says it can't find certain X headers. So I configure using the -x-include=etc... and x-libraries= but then it gives me an error saying that it can't find libExt or something. The general consensus when this question has been asked has been that it has something to do with RedHat and glibc and Xfree86 but that's all anyone ever says and no one has offered practical advice.
2. When I install RPMs, I am getting this error:
[root@localhost huh]# rpm -ivh libast-0.5-1.i386.rpm
error: Failed dependencies:
libImlib2.so.1 is needed by libast-0.5-1
(This actually a special library I needed to install for another program that gave a similar error)
So I came here and it looked like the way to go was to get apt-get. I did so and installed it. The following errors:
[root@localhost huh]# apt-get install libast-0.5-1.i386.rpm
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
E: Couldn't find package libast-0.5-1.i386.rpm
(I have tried it without .rpm on the end as well)
I can not find much extensive documentation on apt-get or how to use it so I am turning to you. Please help because this is about the last straw with me and Linux and if I can't start installing programs, I'm going to just take it off the system.