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Old 10-21-2001, 03:06 AM   #1
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So now that I have Red Hat up and running with both KDE and Gnome desktop options, I want to know how to install other programs, such as StarOffice. I can download them from ZDnet or wherever, but I have no idea how to install them. Please help the clueless newbie. Plus, is there a difinitive list of KDE and Gnome desktop shortcut hotkeys?
Old 10-21-2001, 03:31 AM   #2
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I'm a clueless newbie as well but might be able to help anyway...

Depends on what format you download in. If it's an .rpm file you can use the whatever package manager you have (think you'll find it in your system menu).

But you can just as easily install a .rpm file from the command promt as well:
rpm -i yourpackage

Look up the help and man pages for rpm cause there are a million different installation options.

If it's a .tar, try
tar xvf package.tar
then read the readme to finish.

If it's a .tar.gz, run this first:
gzip -d package.tar.gz
and then run tar.

There's a ton more to it than that, but that much got me started anyway.
Old 10-21-2001, 03:39 AM   #3
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step by step

So, what if it's a bin file? And where do I install to? Where exactly IS the install manager?
Old 10-21-2001, 03:54 AM   #4
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If you know it is an install program and the extension is bin then it is most likly a binary executable.

chmod a+x filename.bin
Old 10-21-2001, 03:59 AM   #5
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I think that bin files are good to go, and you just download and ./filename to install them. Don't take my newbian word here. Found this for you from Google Groups:

This is how I install StarOffice 5.2. Hope it helps.

You will need to do the following as "root or "su" to root and install
it by following these steps.

chown 0.0 so-5_2-ga-bin-linux-en.bin
# this makes it owned by root

chmod 755 so-5_2-ga-bin-linux-en.bin
# make it executable

"cd" into the directory where the file is and run:

./so-5_2-ga-bin-linux-en.bin /net

Install it where ever you want it, I will use "/usr/local/office52" for
example purposes. Once you have it installed you may need to change
the path to where you installed it in the next step.

Make a symlink so normal users can use it.

ln -s /usr/local/office52/program/soffice /usr/bin/soffice

The only thing left is to login as a user and run.


For each user that runs "soffice" for the first time It will
automatically install the user files.

I found my package manager by going to the start menu (err, well, whatever), and then scrolling up to system (in KDE), and it was listed there. Good luck!


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