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Old 03-18-2008, 12:31 AM   #1
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How do you install applications on KDE desktop ?

Hi Guys,

I am a Linux newbie who is entrenched in the world of Microsoft and looking to broaden my technical expertise in Linux.

I am using Debian with KDE 3.5 as a desktop environment.

I am familiar with the apt-get command, especially in light of the fact that up till now I have been concentrating on the command line interface and server setup but have not worked much with KDE.

My question is this ...

What do I need to do to install an application in the KDE environment. In the world of Windows, there is inevitably a .EXE that installs an application. There is also an add/remove programs interface in the control panel.

What type of files invoke an application to install and is there a graphical utility to manage these applications ?

I downloaded what I thought were the install files for Firefox and created a directory called 'downloads' under my home directory, there were quite a few files that were downloaded to this location, but I can't figure out how to actually start or manage the installation.

Please help and thanks for everything in the recent past regarding answering my questions ...

Old 03-18-2008, 01:22 AM   #2
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Most distros have a graphical package manager. Debian, Ubuntu, etc. use Synaptic, Fedora uses Yumex or Pirut, Suse has Yast. All you need to do is locate its menu item, it will open up a long list of packages. Just check the items that you need and click on apply. Firefox is bound to be included as are many other applications. Some may not be, in which case you need to install it either manually (rpm or deb package downloaded from a site) or compile it from source.
Old 03-18-2008, 09:40 AM   #3
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Fellow Newbie

As a fellow newbie. I agree with Jay (not a newbie obviously). So far I have found that both Gnome and KDE have a package manager. They will install for you. Click on the program desired and it will dl and install for you. Much like you I haven't had much luck downloading, compiling and then adding to the GUI. I know with Gnome on Linux Mint, Firefox came already installed. On KDE I believe its Konquer but I still could add Firefox if I wanted through the Package Manager.


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Old 03-18-2008, 11:18 AM   #4
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Are you using debian?
Are you running KDE session?
Want a graphical interface for managing packages?
Then hit alt-f2 > type "kpackage" > [ENTER] will give you what you desire.

What type of files invoke an application to install and is there a graphical utility to manage these applications ?
On debian, it's .deb files. but what performs an installation is not .deb files itself (as in windows) but the package manager (and its graphical user interface like kpackage).

Using package manager, you don't even need to download .deb files on your own. All you need to do is as jay73 mentioned you.


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