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Old 11-18-2005, 08:47 PM   #1
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a few noob questions...


Hi guys once again I need to be set in the right direction. Let me cut to the chase:
1 Where do I install apps? What /where is the equal to "program files"?

2 I have installed Fluxbox(I love it) how do I install dockapps? And how do I go into my filesystem since there are no icons(I'm quite embarassed by this)also what are some good ones?I was looking for some to compliment the "operation" theme,mainly some transparent one like a calender,clock maybe the weather nothing too heavy.

3 I now that I have installed SWAT, how do I see my 2 XP machines...I need a some quick and dirty answers.

4 I need to remove some apps like RealPlayer, its not even opening when I click it. Yum reports nothing is there yet it is
 
Old 11-18-2005, 09:06 PM   #2
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1) SuSE is rpm based, but the rpms are specific to the SuSE concept of filesystem organization. So, select rpms built for SuSE and your current release of SuSE.

If you can't find the app you want specific to SuSE, DON'T install an rpm from another distro, unless you like a challenge. You will certainly get one. Instead, the the .src.rpm of the app you want, then install that on SuSE and build your own binary, installable rpm for SuSE and your machine.

When you install a .src.rpm, you will have a tarball in /usr/src/packages/SOURCE and a .spec file in /usr/src/packages/SPECS. cd to the SPECS directory, and run the command 'rpmbuild <filename.spec> to build your own binary rpm, which will be placed in /usr/src/packages/RPMS. Then install that binary as you would any other. YOU MUST run /sbin/SUSEconfig before anything else after installing, or YaST will refuse to touch that rpm!

Or, after building the binary rpm, start YaST (from Control Center), and use YaST to intall the rpm for you. YaST will then do any updates needed in its config files and will recognize that rpm from then on.

2) I don't know a thing about Fluxbox.

3) No such thing as quick and dirty answers to this one. Get the Samba HOWTO, and start reading.

4) different distro; different problem. Was RealPlayer installed from tarball instead of rpm? Yum would recognize rpm installs, but perhaps not tarball installs.
 
Old 11-19-2005, 07:06 AM   #3
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2) Nice choice with Fluxbox! Don't ever expect anything from the devs but if you like it as is it's great To access your filesystem you're going to need a file browser, bet you wished you'd thought of that now If you have GNOME installed then you should already have nautilus or if you have KDE then you'll have konqueror installed and they'll both do fine. ROX is a tad lighter and can be customised more but one step at a time right? If you want some basic weather, calander etc on your desktop then I'd recommend adesklets. It's very light-weight, very very cool and has desklets for exactly what you've asked for. There is also one to draw some neat desktop icons for you which was something else you were chasing

Anymore questions post back and we'll fix you up.
 
Old 11-19-2005, 12:25 PM   #4
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I was curious about this as well. Can you use adesklets on suse 10? I can install rpm's but I dont understand how to use tarballs. the install.sh never works for me. Yes, im a noob. But I want to understand.
 
Old 11-19-2005, 12:46 PM   #5
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I had SUSE but am now using FC4...as for browsing my files, I feel like a fool now
Any other takers? I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants to knwo this stuff!
I also don't want to have a ton of threads either
 
Old 11-19-2005, 12:57 PM   #6
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Hi guys once again I need to be set in the right direction. Let me cut to the chase:
1 Where do I install apps? What /where is the equal to "program files"?
You can install apps by downloading a rpm from http://rpm.pbone.net/ for example.
Double click it and it installs. or via yast2.
the default for the installation directory is /usr/bin or /usr/local/bin or sometimes like firefox in /opt/


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2 I have installed Fluxbox(I love it) how do I install dockapps? And how do I go into my filesystem since there are no icons(I'm quite embarassed by this)also what are some good ones?I was looking for some to compliment the "operation" theme,mainly some transparent one like a calender,clock maybe the weather nothing too heavy.
it depends on if it's a tarball or a rpm, they both install diferent.
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3 I now that I have installed SWAT, how do I see my 2 XP machines...I need a some quick and dirty answers.
Read some documentation from samba which has great howto's

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4 I need to remove some apps like RealPlayer, its not even opening when I click it. Yum reports nothing is there yet it is
strange maybe it's only a dead link
 
Old 11-19-2005, 02:42 PM   #7
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Search the web for "Newbies Linux Manual"; it's a sort of tutorial for the very-new-to-Linux. It has a good discussion, with examples, on how to use tar (and tarballs), and a bunch of things usefull in day-to-day operations.
 
Old 11-19-2005, 05:22 PM   #8
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Bios root: Here is a link to an adesklets RPM for Suse
 
  


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