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Old 04-09-2004, 04:31 PM   #1
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.exe files?

i am the personification of the word newbie when it comes to linux so im probably missing something obvious here but anyway, i downlaod an intallation programme, a .exe file, it ends up in "my documents" folder i double click and nothing, i cant open any .exe files and therefore cant install anything, im running mandrake
Old 04-09-2004, 04:33 PM   #2
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exe files are for windows

linux uses rpms and tar files.
Old 04-09-2004, 05:12 PM   #3
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Most products that you are probably familiar with from Windows will not* work under Linux, however there are alternatives in Linux which are often similar to their Windows equivalents. At first it can be confusing when you suddenly can't use MSN Messenger, WinAmp, etc... but you just need to run Gaim, XMMS, etc.. instead. The names are different, but you will get used to it after a while.

Good luck!
Mark Byers.

(* not easily anyway)
Old 04-09-2004, 05:34 PM   #4
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You can try running some ms-dos and small windows programs in emulators like "WINE" but don't run installers. The installer will look for windows system files and crash
Old 04-09-2004, 06:06 PM   #5
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I wouldn't say that is completely true - I run several rpograms that use installers under windows and they are fine with wine.
Old 04-09-2004, 06:52 PM   #6
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You may be a little confused on this whole concept so let ol' Squall explain it to you:

In Linux, there are no such things as file extensions. If you see a example.txt file or a example.tar.gz file, they're just there to help the user identify. A file that can be run in linux has an executable proplerty to it, think of it as a text file that can execute. In Linux, these files are often displayed in green. Press "ls -l" to see the file permissions. If there is an x in it, it is executable. To make a file executable, type chmod a+x fileexample


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