Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Linux From Scratch
User Name
Linux From Scratch This Forum is for the discussion of LFS.
LFS is a project that provides you with the steps necessary to build your own custom Linux system.


  Search this Thread
Old 01-18-2007, 07:48 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jan 2007
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: 0
applications, drivers and vm (oh my)

Hello, I am running Fedora FC6 in a vmware workshop environment. I have 3 questions 2 of which are probably simple for the average Linux user but a bear for us neophytes.

1.All downloads are for Linux. I downloaded adobe acrobat and de-tarred it, as instructed on the web site. When I double clicked the install file I get a warning telling me that the file was a shell script,(being sharp of mind I figured this was not good) and only run it if from a trusted source. It further said I had to change the name to run the file. I have no idea what type of file I would call it to make Linux play nice with others, I tried .rpm and .run. I read the readme file and it said to run a line of script that it gives you, I have no idea how to get a command line open to type this command line.

2.I also tried to install my printer. I have a konica minolta 2430dl (network) printer. Using the add a printer wizard I was moving right along I put the address for the printer in, it asked me what kind of printer I had I picked my brand from the list, a list of models came up I picked mine and only 1 driver choice came up (raster____XXXX dl) I said man this is really easy, thats when I was blindsided by Linux. The next page came up and said that driver doesn't work with your printer. So I went on line and downloaded the drivers for my printer. Again I de-tarred the file, and there were four choices one at a time I tried the four pdd files, all four came up with a error on line 4 of adobe. Thats why I downloaded adobe in 1) I thought maybe new drivers old adobe equals line 4 error. Now I don't know because I can't get adobe above to work.

3.This next one is going to be tougher because the answer field is narrowed down to those that are familiar with vmware workstation. Once you boot your OS (I'm running 3 in vm on a xp machine) you have the option of enlarging the screen to full size, it did do this until today, I don't know if it had anything to do with the 69 updates the other day when I installed Linux or the 20 it downloaded and installed today. I'm and old guy with bad eyes, so working on a ten inch screen when I have a nineteen inch monitor is rough. Any ideas?


Last edited by abnranger; 01-18-2007 at 07:51 PM.
Old 01-21-2007, 11:17 PM   #2
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Bangalore
Distribution: Fedora core 6
Posts: 19

Rep: Reputation: 1
Hi Probably i can answer your first question
1.the file you have downloaded is a script which needs a execute permission
so you need to browse to the directory where the file is located using the
terminal (linux command prompt) e.g (/root/adobe/)
a)change the permission of file using following command
chmod 755 <here goes the name of the script or install file>
note:without the < > !!
b)next linux doesnt install the windows way of double clicking you need to run the
script again from command line
after step ( a ) type in
./<name of the install file>

e.g : ./install And hit return

Good luck !!!
Old 01-21-2007, 11:28 PM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: Bangalore
Distribution: Fedora core 6
Posts: 19

Rep: Reputation: 1
COntd ...
You can find your command line in fedora from
start -->accessories menu --> terminal
check the following excellent link for reference on command line usage
cjech the following link to get some info on linux software installation techniques

To get rid offf all the above pain try downlaoding the rpm
and double click the usual windows way
Old 01-23-2007, 08:51 AM   #4
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jan 2007
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thx, that cleared up question 1, and thx for the info links and rpm download.
Old 01-23-2007, 10:22 AM   #5
Vitalie Ciubotaru
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Osaka, Japan
Distribution: Ubuntu Trinity
Posts: 153

Rep: Reputation: 30
... hm, why not move this thread to a proper location, like Linux - Newbie?


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Installing Drivers and Other Applications JediDB MEPIS 5 08-18-2005 02:40 AM
Adding new applications to "Applications" menu scng Fedora 1 07-03-2005 12:02 AM
USB device drivers and applications kleptophobiac Programming 3 02-10-2005 07:25 AM
Who is Knowing about daemon applications and how to develop these applications? ms_890 Linux - Software 0 04-14-2004 02:04 AM
install drivers,applications ? pleasehelpme Linux - Newbie 3 12-04-2003 11:43 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Linux From Scratch

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:45 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration