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Old 07-07-2004, 09:02 AM   #1
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Application Download/Installation - BASICS !!

Using Win98SE the procedure I use to download a program/utility is:
1) Open web site where program/utility is located.
2) Click on download icon and direct download to Desktop.
3) When d/l is complete, check with AV program and unzip [if necessary]
4) When I click on the "new" icon [on Desktop] I am able to direct file to
C:\> ProgramFiles\What-ever.exe

Where can I find the equivalent procedure to use for RH/Mdk Linux ??
After I open the web page and click on the "download" icon - What's next ??

1) How should I direct the download ?? Where should I direct it to ??
2) When it is a [...installer.tar.gz] file. Do I have to "untar" it before I install it ??
3) What command(s) do I use to install it ??
NOTE: [Example] I want to download/install Mozilla 1.7
4) I have a copy of Mozilla 1.1 presently installed - Should I remove it first ??

My question is: Where can I find a "step-by-step" tutorial/procedure for downloading and installing an application.

Cryptic responses like "Try # rpm -e foo" don't help !!
Old 07-07-2004, 09:04 AM   #2
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Trickykid (one of the mods) put together a brief explanation. Find it here:
Old 07-07-2004, 09:14 AM   #3
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WOW.... Lots of questions... Hopefully I can help a little bit... I will try to be as accurate as possible, just note that every program is a little different in how it installs.

1) You would direct a download the same as in Win98. If you don't select the Desktop, you will download the file into your /home/<username> directory.

2) It is a tar.gz file when it has that extension. You have to unzip and then untar it before install. The *EASIEST* way is to grep the commands together like: shell> # tar -xvfz location/to/file/installer.tar.gz

3) man tar (or tar --help) for more options -- x (uncompress), v (verbose), f (file), z (unzip)

4)You do not have to uninstall it. You can if you want, but there is no real "uninstall." Just delete the old Mozilla directory. ** TIP ** Firefox is easier and runs nicer than Mozilla IMHO. You can also find installation instructions on their website.

Hope this helps!
Old 07-07-2004, 10:49 AM   #4
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Thanks for responses,

XavierP - trickykid's posting appears to be exactly what I was asking for.

Daemonspyre - So far I have downloaded to /home/oldbob and created a Download folder. Mdk 9.0 gives a choice of about five destinations including Desktop & /home/oldbob.

Trickykid's posting seems to have alot of the answers I am looking for.

I am going with Mozilla because I am having trouble configuring Evolution "unknown host error" - BUT that's another posting.


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