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Old 11-29-2003, 07:48 PM   #1
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A couple of Newbie Questions!

Ok guys I really need your Help, im A newbie to linux, and im about to through my computer out of my window lol , ok heres the deal At first i had mandrake 9.0 just to mess aroung with , then some moron formatted my linux partition!, So then like 2 days ago i installed Red Hat 9.0! I like this alot better, ive gotten pretty used to the command shell, ive succesfully changed the theme to the Acqua mac osX looking theme i like this alot! im using KDE by the way, I also installed wine , now my first question is when you install .tar.gz ' s or whatever what directory is it best to "tar" the program in? Becuase I want to install a program and then see it in my file explorer like windows where you click start then apps, well i want to see what programs ive installed added to the apps or whatever! i would like to know how to do this! O yeah i also installed ac3d a 3d rendering auto cad type thing. and to run it i have to point to the dir cd /home/brian/ac3d or whatever and then type ./ac3d and then it runs! lol i dont want to have to do this i just want to click on a icon? Ok and another question is i found a website called and they have kde themed here and this is where i got the theme i was talking about erlier, now what i want to know is if you go here
then you see what my theme looks like but what i want to know is how do i get that menu bar on the bottom? it did not come with the them where do you get that?
and also the little system monitoring program to the left of the screen what is that and where do i get it? Ok and one last question if any body could please help , i found a tar for wineX and I ran the tar but now i dont know how to get into wineX? And since i already had wine does that conflict with the wineX? O and one other thing sorry about this but i have a quickcam and i would like to know how to set it up!
Thank you so much for your help in advance to anybody that replies!

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Old 11-29-2003, 10:15 PM   #2
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To install wine, extract the *.tar.gz wherever it's convienent, anywhere. Usually these 'tarballs' are just source code which you need to compile with './configure; make; su-; make install'. Example:
$tar -xvzf whatever-154.tar.gz
$cd whatever-154/
[text flies by]
[more text, the actual compiling is taking place]
$su -
Enter Password:
$make install
[now you swtich to root & the stuff is installed]
The instructions may differ slightly, that's why there is the README or INSTALL file to help you in the whatever-154/ folder. For example, Wine recomends in their README to install with their 'wineinstall' tool instead of 'make'ing & './configure'ing. You probably don't want to compile Wine, it'll take an hour or two. Search for the precompiled binary 'RPM's for Red Hat. They are usually the first in the list. The RPM packages have dates on them, plus the processor type. All new processors will use i686. I think only the new AMD processors can use 'athlon'. Use the appropriate Red Hat tool to install the RPM. It'll be much faster than compiling.
WineX is a different story. Unless you pay them some $$$ every month, you'll have to compile it yourself.
For your ac3d, how did you install exactly?
The strange menubar is either Karamba or SuperKaramba. You can see the original KDE panel, Kicker, at the top. Look at 'KDE Improvements' at . The bar on the side looks like Gkrellm.


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