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Old 08-05-2004, 12:59 AM   #1
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Angry Arg for installing stuff!

I am fairly new to Linux... I got fed up with Windows many times before and tried several distributions of Linux. I've found Linux as a server O/S to be quite quick and stable, but for a desktop O/S its driving me nuts! I am so used to Windows simple installation of programs being so easy that when I try to install stuff on a Linux distro I get discouraged. If I try to install a source, when I run make... sometimes it works... sometimes I will error, so I usually try to find an RPM package for that application. I suppose I should get down to it...

I was running Fedora Core 2 w/ Gnome. It was running very smooth, I had my Nvidia drivers installed, lots of stuff running perfect. When I went to work on my website I noticed I had no FTP client ( even tho I selected gFtp during the install process) So I chose the Add / Remove Applications off the Menu, and when I went to install gFtp it gave me a Failed Dependency error. I am quite used to this because I get this with alot of stuff I try to install... so off I went on the internet trying to fullfil this failed dependency... One of the dependencies was I believe. What I did was install a more recent version of ModSSL ( which of course fulfilled my failed dependency issue) But... X will no longer work because It can't find So now I am sitting on XP posting this, mainly what I am asking here...

Does anyone have any advice to me when I am installing stuff? How to maybe automatically fulfill dependencies? ( Wouldn't this be nice ) or anything at all? This always happens to me when I try to use Linux... and I usually get discouraged and use Windows again for a few months, until i get mad at it.. Just an endless loop! PLease help
Old 08-05-2004, 02:27 AM   #2
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yum, apt or my personal favorite - portage.

You can easily get either of the first two for Fedora, I have no clue about slack and well, gentoo has portage.


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