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Old 09-24-2008, 02:39 AM   #1
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Adding Applications in Gnome...

I downloaded GWGet for Gnome, but when I downloaded the file and extracted it, there's lots of files and I don't know how to install it to make it an executable. I'm a total linux newbie. Can anyone help me on how to install programs? I tried downloading firefox too and still I don't understand how to install it. Thanks
Old 09-24-2008, 02:44 AM   #2
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There is no way to answer this question without more information. you should:

1) add the distro you are using to your profile so everyone knows what you are using.
2) always try to install software through whatever package manager you are using.
3) provide specifics about the file you are trying to install and the files contained in the archive.
Old 09-24-2008, 04:53 AM   #3
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For those of us who've been Windows desktop users for a long time, getting a whole load of files which you have to compile can be quite daunting, having been used to just running setup.exe! However, as previously mentioned, most distros have some kind of package manager. I can't speak for the likes of Ubuntu, but I use Fedora, which supports RPM (RedHat Package Manager) files. It's very nice, you just download the RPM and double-click it, just like in Windows!

Also, it's often worth looking for applications through your distro's own add/remove programs (or package manager) application. I've often found that by searching in this I can get a version which is optimised for Fedora 8 and will install itself nicely into my applications menu etc.

Good luck and welcome to Linux - it'll take some getting used to but stick with it and you won't want to go back!

Old 09-24-2008, 08:34 AM   #4
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Yup it's really confusing, I'm using gnome now for my centos 5. I can't understand the add/remove program, it seems that the programs are already built in and I cant add more. Do you guys know a site that will teach me step by step? thanks
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Being a Linux newbie myself I am not sure if this will help but with most distros if you are not using a package manager you will download a tar.bz2 file or tar.gz file which is basically similar to a zipped set of files. I have found the following method works for almost all of these to get them to install:

1. extract the files into a folder (which it seems like you have already done)
2. in a terminal at the directory where you unpacked the files type ./configure //this will run through creating and altering the files for your system
3. in the terminal then type make //this will make all of the install files necessary
4. in the terminal type make install //this will install program. NOTE: you have to run this command as root

Most times the README file in the unpack will give the best instructions on how to complete this.
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Thanks dsteiger, something happened when I typed ./configure on the terminal but there are stuffs that aren't found and honestly, I didn't know what just happened. the make and make install didn't work. Something dealing with bash command not found or something like that.. It's really confusing..


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