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Old 03-08-2005, 01:41 PM   #1
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Noob - General help needed plzz!!!


I know... i know.. What a noob...

its not my fault my 1st computer was a windows 3.1 lol it was given to me. Neways, i got linux recently, and i figure im gonna stay, cos is not even close to being as stable and secure as this.

The main things i wanna do, are play games, use limewire or other p2p, surf the web, and im trying to learn Visual Basic.

So, i need an emulator, and i need to know how to install .deb, .tar.gz files Etc.. Any help/links/tutorials would be greatley appreciaed (btw i have pretty much no use using the Knosole so... lol you may have to dumb it down -.-)

Btw, im using a Knoppix HDD install, so it should b the same as any other Debian distro.


Many Thanks
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Old 03-08-2005, 01:50 PM   #2
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Btw, i already know bout wine, and its too complicated 2 use -.-
 
Old 03-08-2005, 10:05 PM   #3
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For VisualBasic, try the Mono project. Remember that VB is a Microsoft proprietary language like C# ... the Mono people are trying to put together a .Net package for Linux engineered off the MS specifications. If you want to learn programming under Linux, though, I'd suggest a different language, which exact one depends on what you'd like to do, for building GUIs, any scripting language like Perl or Tcl + the Tk toolkit would be a good choice.

You might look into buying Crossover Office or another vcommercial program that does Windows compatibility. Those would give you tech support (depending on the package) so you wouldn't have to wrestle with them yourselves. But Wine really isn't as hard as you make it out -- you just need to read, follow directionbs, and ask for help when stuck.
 
Old 03-08-2005, 10:38 PM   #4
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Another option is QEMU if you've got a fast enough machine and can follow instructions well. The latest CVS version with KQEMU is quite useable in my machine (2ghz Athlon, 768MB RAM), running Windows XP. Wouldn't work for gaming, but for vb it's workable.

As far as installing programs from .tar.gz, here are the steps I go through.

I cd to the directory I downloaded the file to (from the command line), and type:
tar zxvf filename.tar.gz

After that, I CD to the newly created directory and look for the following files, in order: INSTALL, or README. If either one says "These are generic instructions" or whatever, you can just do the following..

type:
./configure
make
su
(That will ask you for the root password)
make install
Then hit ctrl-d to switch back to a normal user.

That's how you install a program from source. You can probably use apt-get with Knoppix, can't you? If so, you've got it pretty easy - you can find a lot of packages available for you through apt-get. I'm not familiar with it myself, though.

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