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Old 01-31-2004, 11:52 PM   #1
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a few questions to get me started..

Okayyy..let's see how quick this forum can react :P

first of hi everyone, good to see so many people working together having a common interest, Linux in all its varieties and colors...

a couple of questions as a newbie...

my Fedora is still being installed (for the second time within a day...i tried the desktop configuration earlier on, had no ptobs whatsoever with the installation, had quite a few updating i though since at some point it said corrupted packages or something like that..)...

anyways, brand new installation now...question nr 1 is...

i would like to update the mozilla browser to version 1.6.something instead of the included 1.4.1...i downloaded the .rpm after the first installation but when i installed it in the usr/local directory (i think that's where it went) it acted like a brand new prog, not as an update...where do i have to install it so that it will update the existing mozila version?

...coming to question nr 2

where is the standard installation directory for progs? (something like "c: program files" in Windows?

question nr 3

how do i delete programs i install on Linux?

uhmm...i could ask one or two things more but installation is almost done, again without any problems so i guess i'll be back soon for more...

Thanks in advance!

Old 02-01-2004, 12:00 AM   #2
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Ok, I'll attempt to help you out here.

To upgrade a program: rpm -U <package-name>

In general programs are put in /usr, /usr/local, /usr/share, or /opt depending on the distribution. The way I personally like to do it is to put local software in /usr/local and have some nfs mounts that I use for software over the network in /usr/<name-of-machine> but I don't really know anyone else who does it that way.

To delete a program you do rpm -e <package-name>
Old 02-01-2004, 12:24 AM   #3
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One grrrreat reply already!...u guys rock!!!! ty so much!

i'm currently updating the kernel using the up2date utility...if everything goes well i'll go on and use my 2 first commands right away! rpm -U and rpm -e...

is there some kind of "registry" in Linux where any dead entries would stay after uninstalling software?

Its great to see how easy I got connected to the internet, didn't have to do a thing, i just installed Fedora and clicked on the Mozilla icon... my cable modem started blinking happily, so I've started downloading the updates...currently at a speed of 60 Kb/s, where Microsoft servers allowed twice or three times this speed...but this is not a big deal, I'm only making notices on differences..

By the way, just before I re-formated my drive for a second clean install I tried out the 2 GUIs provided, GNU and KDE for a few mins... first impressions:GNU looks like a "poor Win relative" (I guess one has to use the command line a little more often using it that KMD) whereas KMD offers a Win user some more of the options he's used a little more "colorful" environment...more to come...

fun to learn about linux

Old 02-01-2004, 01:17 AM   #4
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ok, first off to awser your question about the registry, first you have to relize that linux is just a kernel, the core of any OS, it tells programs how to run and has drivers to let programs use the hardware, nothing more realy, every program is just a add on program to linux, this makes it so tehre is no registry, altho there are some programs to make registryies in linux (i dont know of anyprograms that actualy sue it), for teh most part if you want to keep track of things, an installation manager wich keeps track of every files on teh system is all you need if you want somthing like a windwos registry, but these programs are not needed (just be carfule not to mix programs that are games and might be deleted soon with ones that the system needs, when they get mixed it take forever to sort thru what prograsm are what (trust me on that)


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