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Old 03-16-2009, 10:54 PM   #1
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downloading applications for linux, not sure how to open

i just got a acer aspireone linux laptop.
and ive been trying to download everything from limewire to songbird to wine, but everytime i try to a bow pops up and says open with:xarchive which doesnt work, and it also says save to disk, ive clicked both and they never work!!!!!! please help
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Are the files .tar.gz? You can extracted the from the terminal: tar -zxvf filename.tar.gz
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First, before attempting to install any other way, always look in the package manager---that is the easiest way to install Linux apps.

In general, a downloaded file has to be "installed". The details vary, but there should be instructions a the author's website and/or a "README" file.

For example, if you have a .tar.gz as described above---after you unpack it, there will probably be a README file.
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first the bad news
aspire one linux runs "Linpus Linux Lite " and yes some have said that it is based on fedora 8
BUT the fedora 8 rpm's will kill a Linpus Linux Lite install , they are incompatible.
so you MUST install ONLY the software from there web site .
- or build it from the source

a lot of people have just decided that that restriction is to much for them and reformat there hard drives and install a " real distro"
Ubuntu, or Fedora 10 , or some other distro

Google --- aspire one linux ---

depending on WHAT you have downloaded ,if they are a " SomeFileName.tar.bz2 "," SomeFileName.tar.gz "
or something like that .It is most likely ( 99%) the source code. you will need to compile it ( using gcc ) then install

IF those downloads were " SomeFileName.exe " then they are MS WINDOWS ONLY software


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