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A Rude Surprise

Posted 01-06-2007 at 11:15 PM by Oblivia

OK, so I got Ubuntu installed and slowly running (slowly, until the replacement RAM comes in. I hope.) so the next step should be to install stuff I want to run on it, right? I downloaded a bunch of such installation files from work and put them on CDs to load up at home. As it turns out: Ubuntu doesn't like RPM files - you have to use something called deb files to load new software. Of which I have none. Aaargh! I guess this is why they call what I'm doing the "School of Hard Knox". Thank God OpenOffice installed with the OS -- at least I can do <strong>something</strong> with it before Monday, when I'll be surreptitiously seeking and copying these deb files for the stuff I want to use. Or try to use, anyway...
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    Ubuntu uses the debian packaging system, and with it, things called software repositories (a huge collection of packages). I started my Linux days off with an rpm based distro (mandriva), but once I switched to something the the Debian packaging system, I'll never go back. I suggest you read up on apt-get, and check out the synaptic program. By the way, if you need to install something that is only in rpm, there is a converter called Alien. Check out Jeremy's articles for an overview of how to use it.
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by Oblivia Oblivia is offline


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