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Old 12-23-2004, 08:16 PM   #1
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Downloading new programs

Sorry I'm new to Linux having Mandrake 10.1. Can anyone tell me what is the default folder to download new programs? i.e. tar files or rpms. In Windows it does it all for you in Linux there is no mention does it matter?
Old 12-23-2004, 08:47 PM   #2
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There isn't a default location to download into. Basically anyway you have write access will do. I usually create a /home/kristijan/downloads folder and dump everything into there.

Also, depending on some software you use, it already might have set a pre-defined download location. This can usually be changed in the settings/options.

Old 12-23-2004, 10:36 PM   #3
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Yes, there isn't a default folder. just save the download in you home folder, and install it from there ( might require root previleges.)
Old 12-24-2004, 04:40 AM   #4
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I'll post a related question here as to not start a new thread. Do you have a 'Program Files' directory where you install programs? I installed Firefox and XMMS and they're installed in the /home/floresg/ which I don't really like.
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Linux is NOT M$ product. But if really desired you can create your own Program Files and install your programs there.
Linux, however installs its programs, usually to /usr/bin or /usr/local/.... and so on
But Again, if desired anywhere you want to...Welcome to Open Source

Anwering the first post about -tar- and -rpm-
Usually -tar- are source tarballs which you untar and compile yourself with necessary dependancies
-rpm-, however already precompiled packages for RH, SuSE, and Mandrake...Selfextracting "zip" so to speak
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If you use Slackware and also want to use precompiled packages please visit


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