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Lord Hakk 03-22-2006 02:05 PM

How do you get to the files you downloaded.
HI, I am 14 and I have just put linux on an old IBM "thinkpad" and Im wondering how do I get to my files that I just downloaded. I.E. Firefox. The linux I put on the IBM comp is called Alt linux 2.4 Master. Another thing is that, on the web I can only get to the Alt linux site nowhere else (im using my computer to post this). One of my teacher's told me that this site had stuff to help me.I have no previous experince with open source OS.

celejar 03-22-2006 02:09 PM

Each application puts downloaded files in its own location; try saving another file with the app and see where it's putting it, or check the app's defaults / settings to see where the save directory is.
What error do you get when trying to access other sites? What kind of internet connection are you using?

Ha1f 03-22-2006 02:17 PM

check out where your firefox's default save location is.

ethics 03-22-2006 02:34 PM

probably in /home/username that's where mine defaults to (users dont really have write access outside of it anyway)

As for only getting to alt linux's page, are you sure it's not a local page they use? what's it's URL?

Lord Hakk 03-22-2006 03:32 PM

I dont even know how to get to the directory. the programs I have are: calculator, Xterm, Xkill,Xrefresh, and some others.
And what do these themes do? I just dont understand all of this.:cry: :cry: :cry: is there a document I could read that would help me?:study:

Ha1f 03-22-2006 03:54 PM

well, what distro and window manager/desktop manager are you using? sounds like youre just overwhelmed with the cli.

dickgregory 03-22-2006 09:22 PM

To tell Firefox where to put downloaded files:

Edit -> Preferences -> Downloads

Select "Save all files to this folder"

In Firefox 1.0.x, drop down the selection list. If you see the folder where you want your files to go, select it. If you don't see it, select "other" and navigate to your desired folder.

In Firefox 1.5, hit the "Browse" button, and select and/or navigate to your folder.

From now on, all downloaded files automatically go there.

Since you are using Firefox, you are running under some kind of windowing environment. If you are using KDE, then Konqueror is like the MS Windows file manager. If you are using Gnome, then it's probably Nautilus. In either case, look for a little house icon somewhere in your start menu or taskbar. If you are using another window manager, I don't know the programs you need. But you can probably still browse your filesystem using the Midnight Commander. Just type mc at a shell prompt and you get a text based file browser.

You might try reading the Howtos at for all kinds of Linux information. It's easy to get overwhelmed though because there is stuff there for all levels of expertise and some of it is old, no longer maintained, or not well written. Take your time and don't try to learn everything at once. At your age, you still have lots of time to catch up and pass the rest of us.

Welcome to the forum. Keep coming back. It's good to see some young blood with worthwhile interests.

pixellany 03-22-2006 09:53 PM

One step at a time....

Get familiar with the basic system before trying to figure out where files go. Push buttons, click on icons, and enter commands in a terminal. You can't break anything.

When you get stuck, chances are very good that you can type a few key words into Google and find the answer.

After you have poked around a bit, then go buy "Linux in a Nutshell" from O'Reilly. When you get tired of reading, go back to poking.

Enough generalities. To find something you downloaded, use the find file utility (maybe called something else). It will be in one of your menus.

titopoquito 03-23-2006 02:26 AM

Alt Linux seems to have Gnome and KDE installed as well as other window managers. If you have loaded Gnome or KDE at the start, there should be an icon at the top or at the bottom. In Gnome there should be a link to Nautilus and in KDE to Konqueror -- the file managers of these two desktop environments. Start them and browse to /home/hakk or how your name is. Keep in mind that there are no C: and D: partitions, so / is the root (most uplevel) directory like C: in Windows and all other folders are put in it.
But the choice of apps you gave suggests that you might have started another Window manager; that would be not a good idea for a total newbie, I think. Try to start one of Gnome/KDE if I am right with this, it will get you running with Linux much faster.

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