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Yesterday i installed Linux for the first time (Fedora Core)
Im slowly getting used to how it works, but like most people here i have some questions;
1. How do i install/unistall software
a. I would like to install a program called amsn as gaim doesn't meet my needs (i only use MSN so i would like a tool that acts as similar to the windows version as possible). When i try to install this it says i am missing two files that are needed.
b. Some of the default software that is installed i can see myself rarely if ever using, i would like to delete some. For example i would like to delete all of the games from the system.
c. I would also like to install Mozilla firefox as i use this in windows and i think its a very fast and powerful tool.
2. The tools i use on windows are as follows;
Notepad, Calculator, Photoshop, Bordlans C++, Microsoft Publisher, .NET (using vb)
What are the equivelant tools in linux?
3. How do i access my windows partition so that i can gain access to my files?
4. I have seen a screen shot of Microsoft Windows running inside a window on Linux, is this easy to do? Can you help me to do this?
Im sorry for the long list of questions but im finding it very difficult to grasp this steep learning curve.
Thanks in advance for any help i recieve
P.s. I know there are alot of questions and that its very likely that they have already been answered, if so could you please point me in the right direction. Thanks
You'll find the search function on this board very useful. The following are pointers rather than detailed answers...
1) You can install/uninstall software using rpm. Type "man rpm" for information - don't be overwhelmed by the amount of text, just read what you need. Also try google - there's a good online book on rpm somewhere. You need the rpm file for firefox to install it - again try google.
2) If you're using KDE or Gnome, browse through the programs in the menu, you'll find replacements for most of those programs.
3) You need to mount your windows partition - read up on "/etc/fstab" and "mount".
4) Yes, there are emulators that allow you to that, can't remember the name offhand though, sorry.
It depends If you are the only user (or have only user-rights), you could install it in your homedirectory, but better is a global solution. Here you could use /usr/local or /opt (which is the standard for firefox on SuSE systems).
im the only user that uses the system, how do i give my user admin rights?
In Linux, you usually do not give a user more rights, instead you can become root (the Linux administrator) temporarily. To do so for command line applications, you may use su (switch user), or login as root from the beginning. Now you can work with full access rights (be careful). To switch back to your normal user, simply type exit.
when i try to install amsn it says;
"The following packages could not be found on your system. Installation cannot continue until they are installed."
libtcl8.4.so and libtk8.4.so
what do i do now?
These are the so-called dependencies. I guess this is one of the most annoying things in Linux You need to install tcl and tk in order to run amsn (whatever that is). Maybe it is sufficient to install the libraries only, but I am not familiar with Fedora packages.
i just tried to install firefox but it is asking me for the installation directory, where in the linux file system are most of the programs stored?
IMHO install firefox in /usr/local/lib/firefox-installer or
Then make an desktop entry (link) to point to /usr/local/lib/firefox-installer/firefox
to execute it.
If you want to be able to execute firefox from the console without having to type the hole path, make a link of firefox's executable in /usr/local/bin which is in your path: