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hi, i just installed mandrake 10 comm. i an a very experienced windows user but tired of the insability. any way i am very noob at linux and cant figure out how to install progs. i downloaded mplayer and cant find an exe. to install, i have been reading and found people talking about rpm files? i cant seem to find it, i did extract to home/kelly/documents/mplayer and have a whole host of files, where do i go from here???
First of all, exe files are Windows binaries, and don't exist in the Linux world. Secondly, RPMs are packages that install things for you, somewhat like a Windows setup program. More than likely what you have is the source, which means that you'll need to compile it. That means it's time to open a terminal, and become the root user at a certain point.
*Open a terminal*
./configure (or ./Configure Case is important in Linux)
su (enter root password to become the root user)
I think that should cover the basics of compiling from the source. To put it quite simply, Linux is a whole new animal compared to Windows, and it sometimes helps to have less experience with Windows when moving into learning Linux. This way you don't get the ideas and things of Windows planted into your head, which happened to me when I made my first and failed attempt to become a Linux user.
If everyone started out with Linux, then Windows would be confusing, but it's the other way around sadly.
well im in the term window and in the directory but it says no file when i type configure, i checked in the folder and it shows a configure shell script
why is it saying no file found or bad directory??
ok i missed one folder in the tree, i found it and it started but now i need to find a compatible compiler supported by mplayer, i will work on getting that and resume, thanx for the help on getting going on linux and i will probably be back before to long hehe