Latest LQ Deal: Linux Power User Bundle
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 04-23-2009, 11:03 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Apr 2009
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
Help downloading/installing

I am completely new to linux and I was given this asus eee 4gb surf with the fedora red hat nash whatever that is. Anyway it was wiped before I got it and I get this feeling that I'm missing something because when I go to download and install programs such as skype it saves the file but I can't do anything else with it like install it. Also when I put in my password to sign in as root I put in su - and my password but every time it tells me that the password was incorrect. I've changed it and changed it but I'm not sure what to do. Can anyone help me? Thanks
Old 04-24-2009, 05:46 AM   #2
Registered: Jan 2009
Posts: 165

Rep: Reputation: 44
If you are using Fedora then you need to know root's password (which is different than your password) when you try to switch user with 'su'. Who wiped the system before you got it? Didn't he tell you what root's password is?

If you don't know root's password, you might be able to gain root privileges with the 'sudo' command (for sudo rights, the root user has to put you in the sudoers file). You can switch user to root by running the command 'sudo su', and when you are prompted for a password - give **your** password this time.

If sudo doesn't work for you, and you can't get root's password either, you may have no choice but to reinstall the system.

Once you gain root access, you can install software by either getting it from the distribution's repositories (this is the most recommended way), or getting the rpm package and installing it locally. To see if skype is available from the repos, run the command 'yum install skype' or 'yum search skype'. To install from the rpm you downloaded locally, run 'yum localinstall <rpm_file_name>'. The 'yum' command handles downloading all the needed dependencies and installing automatically for you.
Old 05-22-2009, 08:52 AM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Houston, TX (usa)
Distribution: MEPIS, Debian, Knoppix,
Posts: 4,727
Blog Entries: 15

Rep: Reputation: 234Reputation: 234Reputation: 234
Find a LUG (Linux Users Group).

If you'd put your true location in your profile, we might be able to suggest where you could find one.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
downloading and installing... pjthegod Linux - Newbie 12 05-29-2008 03:46 AM
Downloading and Installing PC caf Debian 8 11-20-2007 09:07 AM
downloading and installing stickfun Slackware 7 04-25-2005 08:14 PM
downloading and installing Dogman2 Linux - Newbie 2 03-10-2005 02:33 AM
Help with downloading and installing Cherry Linux - Newbie 6 02-25-2004 06:50 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:51 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration